Amir Khan — a 29-year-old Pakistani-British boxer — took a direct jab at Donald Trump’s racism while speaking to the press on Wednesday.
Khan is set to face World Boxing Council’s middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas this weekend, but he told fans and media that this may be the last that the U.S. sees of him and his opponent if Trump takes the presidency.
"This could be the last fight for me and Canelo here. That's if Donald Trump becomes president," Khan said, smiling. "You never know."
Khan is Muslim and Canelo is Mexican, so it’s pretty obvious Khan was alluding to the hateful rhetoric Trump has spewed about both groups as well as his plans to ban Muslims from the country, build a massive wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and assemble a “deportation force.”
If you take Trump’s plans for face value, should he become president, Khan and Canelo won’t even be able to get into the U.S. let alone fight here.
Even if by some unfathomable chance Trump does win the election, implements the ban, and builds the wall, Canelo and Khan would likely have nothing to worry about because of their celebrity status as professional athletes.
Trump once implied during an MSNBC Town Hall that his Muslim ban wouldn’t apply to the rich. It would not be a surprise if he shared those same sentiments regarding wealthy Mexicans traveling to the U.S.
Still, Khan’s not-so-subtle joke put things into perspective, particularly, for those who actually agree with Trump’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant stance without considering the absurdity of it all.
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