A billionaire energy mogul, who up until recently expressed extreme dislike toward presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, has now announced he backs the real estate magnate and his notorious plan to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.
T. Boone Pickens, a prominent investor who made his fortune on fossil fuels, endorsed Trump during an economic convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Wednesday. Apparently, he is sick of “politicians” and supports Trump’s stance on immigration in the interest of national security.
“I wouldn’t say it is permanent, but I would cut off the Muslims coming into the United States until we can vet these people,” the Texas businessman said during the SALT hedge fund conference. “We all look too much alike… They can tell I’m the oldest, but can’t tell what I am for or what I am against, or what I might do.”
In a December 2015 blog post, Pickens criticized Trump, lamenting how the presidential selection process has turned into a reality TV show — a dig at the White House hopeful who starred on his own reality show, “The Apprentice,” for many years.
At the time, the oil tycoon supported former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. He also donated to the campaigns of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina.
Pickens, a Republican himself, suggested Democrats purposely allow illegal immigrants to enter the country because it supposedly helps them in elections.
“Everyone who comes in gets to vote,” he added. “And I think that has something to do with why the policy is as weak as it is.”
Interestingly, the 87-year-old billionaire still has some concerns regarding Trump’s presidency (as any sane person would), but he is not too afraid to put his weight behind the campaign — for one cynical reason.
“I’m ready to take a chance on it,” he concluded. “And just in case it’s a mistake, [I’ll] be gone.”
As for Americans with longer life spans, well, they will just have to suffer through it.
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