During the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White took aim at calls to defund the police.
He also praised the Trump administration for building “the greatest economy in our nation’s history” before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It blows my mind how quickly some of the leadership in this country has forgotten the critical role first responders play in our society,” White said.
“Police departments and other law enforcement, even some fire departments, have faced opposition from many in this country, but they are always the people who are asked to step up when things are at their worst and put themselves at risk.”
“Come on, America — defunding these vital positions is not the answer,” he added.
In April of this year, the president invited Dana White and “other executives from the sports and business world to join a task force assessing how to safely reopen the economy,” Fox News reported.
White applauded the president’s willingness to listen to outside perspectives.
“I personally observed his ability to listen and understand the issues impacting Americans of all backgrounds,” White said. “It was clear – his highest priority was always the health and safety of everyone in our country. Not just Republicans, not just supporters, but every single American.”
White called Trump “one of the loyal human beings I’ve ever met. The man has unstoppable energy.” He then added that no one “is going to outwork this guy. Most important, he truly loves and believes in our country. He believes in the people of this country.”