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Donald Trump just got endorsed by the dude who inspired Kenny Powers.

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John Rocker, the former MLB closer, told the Daily Caller that he was supporting the coifed Mandrake because he had been wishing for someone who “would have the sack, would have the backbone to make unpopular comments” and stand by them and Donald Trump was that man. 

Rocker, who had 88 saves in a tumultuous MLB career, is most famous for telling Sports Illustrated that he would rather retire than play in New York City because: 

  • Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing.”
  • “The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. I’m not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?”

If anything, Rocker was ahead of his time. 

To his credit, Rocker inspired the greatest American television character of all time, Kenny Powers