Trump lets big name endorsement slip at Connecticut rally

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump may have let a big name endorsement slip during his rally in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Saturday.

"I wanna get Bobby Knight to endorse me in Indiana," the GOP candidate first stated in front of the thousands in attendance at Klein Memorial Auditorium. "I love Bobby Knight," Trump continued. "The truth is he did endorse me." "We are gonna have Bobby Knight in Indiana in a week."

While Knight himself has yet to comment, an endorsement from the former Indiana basketball head coach, who infamously tossed a chair across the court during a game, could serve as a boost for Trump as he heads into the Indiana primary on May 3.

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Trump lets big name endorsement slip at Connecticut rally

Stephen Baldwin


Baldwin, who was fired by Trump on two different seasons of "The Celebrity Apprentice," said during an interview with Don Lemon on an episode of "CNN Tonight" that Trump would make a "great" president "because he's not a politician, and he doesn't care what anybody thinks."  

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Gary Busey

The actor endorsed Trump back in 2011, even after being fired from season four of "The Celebrity Apprentice," and offered his praise for the presidential hopeful again recently. "He's a great guy. He's sharp. He's fast," he told Fox411. "He can change the country after the last eight years."  

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Dennis Rodman

The retired pro-basketball player tweeted: "@realDonaldTrump has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016." He was fired from season two of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

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Lou Ferrigno

When asked by TMZ for his thoughts on Trump, the actor and former bodybuilder said, "I hope Donald goes all the way." He was also fired from a season of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

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Ted Nugent 

The musician wrote an article for WorldNetDaily in which he said, "[Trump] should be given the Medal of Freedom for speaking his mind in such a bold, honest, and straightforward manner."

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Tila Tequila 

The model and reality star posted a video on YouTube expressing her support for Trump.

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Wayne Newton

The Las Vegas entertainer announced his support on "Fox and Friends," “I love Donald, and he would make a great president,” he said. But he also voiced his support for other hopefuls, such as Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson. 

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Willie Robertson

The businessman and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” supported Trump at a rally in Oklahoma last year, where he was invited up on stage. He officially announced his endorsement in January. 

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Jesse Ventura 

Jesse Ventura

The former pro wrestler, former Minnesota governor, and actor was speaking with previous Trump staffer Roger Stone for "Off the Grid," when Ventura said, "I shocked my staff today. I came in and said, ‘You know what, as far as the Republicans are concerned, I hope Trump wins.'" Though he also added, "Now I’m not a Republican — I’m not a Democrat either — so ultimately, I’d like somebody else to win overall.”

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Terrell Owens 

The retired NFL wide receiver told TMZ Sports, "This may be what the country needs and Trump... He’s a guy who won’t put up with B.S. and has what it takes to change how government is run." He appeared on the most recent season of "The Celebrity Apprentice."   

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At a separate campaign event in Waterbury, Conn. earlier on Saturday, Trump elaborated on receiving an endorsement from Knight, calling him "tough, strong, smart." Trump would go on to say, "I would like to get that for Indiana, I'll tell you what. To me, that would be a great endorsement."

The backing of Knight would be another major celebrity get for the billionaire businessman. Trump recently picked up the backing of actress Kirstie Alley.

BY: WILLIAM STEAKIN

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