The announcement came less than a week after Ditka, both a former player and coach for the Chicago Bears, revealed he believed Barack Obama was the worst president ‘we’ve ever had’.
Ditka, who has been a main panelist for the ESPN show since 2006, said Obama was a ‘fine man’ but not a leader when he went on WABC’S The Bernie & Sid Show last Thursday.
‘He would be great to play golf with,’ Ditka continued. He’s not a leader. This country needs leadership. It needs direction. It needs somebody that steps up front.’
We need somebody like Ronald Reagan. Everyone once in awhile you’re gonna get punched in the chops but you keep going forward. There’s all there is to it.’
Ditka, who once described himself as ‘ultra-ultra-ultra conservative’, also revealed his vote in the 2016 election will likely go to GOP front-runner Donald Trump, according to theWashington Post.
‘They people that hate him, hate him, but people like him because he says things that resonate with what they think,’ he said.
‘If I were to vote tomorrow, I’d probably vote for Trump.’
This is hardly the first time the Coach has spoken out against the President.
In 2013 Ditka called not running against Obama in the Illinois 2004 Senate race the ‘biggest mistake’ he had ever made.
Not that I would have won,’ Ditka said during the grand opening of an oil company in North Dakota. ‘But I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.’
After Jack Ryan dropped out of the race following reports he forced his TV star wife Jeri Ryan to perfect sexual acts on him in public, local Republicans put the pressure on Ditka to run.
Obama recognized the former tight-end’s ‘enormous’ popularity in the state and said at the time he believed the NFL legend ‘immediately becomes a favorite’ if he entered the Senate race.
Although he had high approval ratings, Ditka declined to be the Republican candidate four months before the election – citing his wife’s disapproval as well as business obligations.
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