By Tom Quiner
There’s this guy who is on television all the time.
He has a ‘uge ego.
He has a big mouth.
He denigrates his adversaries.
He’s been married a bunch of times.
He’s cheated on his wives.
He is famous and well-known.
I’m describing two men, actually: Mohammad Ali and Donald Trump.
The legendary boxer died a couple of days ago while the legendary businessman is on the threshold of becoming the Republican nominee for president. The similarities in the ‘schtick’ of these two celebrities is somewhat striking.
When Cassius Clay burst on the world stage with his famous KO of the seemingly invincible Sonny Liston, he made sure the world knew a star was born. “I am the greatest” he roared in Trumpian fashion.
He backed up his braggadocio with one victory after another. He changed his religion and his name and became a draft dodger. I, like so many, didn’t like the guy.
Something happened. Slowly, but surely, the guy won me over. His remarkable bouts with Joe Frazier and his improbable victory over George Foreman had me cheering for him.
His obnoxiousness on camera was largely PR, obscuring a man who I came to believe had a good heart … which leads me to Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is the Mohammad Ali of politics. But there are some differences: Donald Trump hasn’t won me over. He’s a nasty piece of work. If he has a good heart, I haven’t seen it.
Will I end up voting for Donald Trump? I don’t know. A president who crows about how great he is could get old a lot quicker than a boxer who does it.
Mohammad Ali had a remarkable life. May he rest in peace.