NBA star Charles Barkley has been an outspoken liberal in the past, but the events of the last few years have forced him to change his tune. Now, he has announced that he is seriously considering voting Republican in 2016.
“I am paying close attention to the political situation,” Barkley said, according to Mediaite. “I have always voted Democratic. But I like some of the Republicans this time around. I like Chris Christie. I like Jeb Bush. I like those guys.”
When asked what he thought about potential Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, Barkley laughed and replied, “Well, I just told you I was thinking about voting Republican.”
“But I was very disappointed in Chris Christie the other day on the measles thing,” he added, referring to the New Jersey governor’s comments about vaccinations. “It is a shame that these guys are afraid of just answering the question and trying to make everyone agree with you.”
Barkley had a surprising answer when he was asked what living person he would most like to meet. The former basketball player said he’d want to meet King Abdullah of Jordan, saying he believes the ruler is handling ISIS way better than Obama is.
“Because I think his actions when they (ISIS) burned that kid [a Jordanian military pilot] alive, I thought his actions were heroic,” he said “He was like, ‘No, you cannot do that to my people.’ I wish President Obama was like that sometimes. I do. I think that is the way we have to treat ISIS. We can’t keep thinking it will go away.”
We gotta say, it’s refreshing to see a celebrity with such a good head on his shoulders! If only there were more like him.