Don King Hits Cleveland

By Robert Ecksel on August 4, 2016
Don King Hits Cleveland
“An audience of reporters and photographers flocked around him, seagulls to a mast.”

“Don King stood astride its bow, dressed like a Reagan-era Bruce Springsteen (faded jean jacket; swatches of red, white, and blue)…”

Don King was in this week’s New Yorker. The article by Jill Lepore titled “The War and the Roses” is not about boxing, it’s about the Conventions, and it seems Don King was a hit in Cleveland.

Lepore noticed that a “A parking garage attached to the arena had been converted into a media production center, cubbies for radio and television and Snapchat and Twitter, like cabins on a ship, the floor a tangle of cables like the ropes on deck.”

And there he was.

“Don King stood astride its bow, dressed like a Reagan-era Bruce Springsteen (faded jean jacket; swatches of red, white, and blue). He’d wanted to speak at the Convention, but he’d been snubbed; this was his chance to testify. An audience of reporters and photographers flocked around him, seagulls to a mast. He drew himself up. He threw his head back. He roared, as if he were introducing a match-up: “Donald Trump is for the people!

Don King will not go quietly into that good night.

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  1. bikermike 07:53pm, 08/08/2016


    about Ann Coulter… a high school graduate who reads and follow world events….I must tell you….the only thing that interests me when ann coulter is on the air….is if she is wearing panties…as she never fact checks…She gives journalism a bad name…..but I’m saying she doesn’t wear panties

  2. bikermike 07:43pm, 08/08/2016


    simple…Trump is an outsider…his nomination campaign was self least until he got momentum…he took no money from traditional donators…and therefore owes nobody ...

    Inside republicans are embarrassed and de nutted…..Trump beat them at their own game…
    To attempt to appease the much splintered republican party….he chose an establishment republican…..much more sound than mccain’s choice of sarah palin…and better thought out

  3. bikermike 07:35pm, 08/08/2016

    kinda a different article from Robert Ecksel…...\

    I’m glad king was snubbed…...he was kind of like the guy who showed up the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid…when sheriff was trying to raise a posse….and tried to take over the show to sell bicycles.

  4. bikermike 07:24pm, 08/08/2016

    and who would want an endorsement from Don King… of the biggest scoundrels in professional boxing…

  5. bikermike 07:20pm, 08/08/2016

    tell you what Eric…

    Never seen so much interest in the USA political process as with Trump over the sixteen other Republicans….and Clinton over Sanders…

    Hope this results in a much higher voter turn out.

    Of all those entitled to vote…only a fraction even register to vote….and only a small fraction of these vote

    If sixty percent of the vote actually showed up to vote….USA would be a better place

    BTW…Canada has the same problem…lately….most governments are voted in by less than fifty percent of those who are entitled to vote.

    nobody takes away that power….we just give it away

  6. bikermike 07:12pm, 08/08/2016

    Though not a Trump supporter…..I’m Canadian…and we’ve got ‘captain moonbeam’ as Prime Minister..

    Trump gets his support from the many , many ..MANY voters in the United States who no longer believe the political system works for them….but a handful of entities giving huge donations….some from out of County…

    He’s only five points back ..with three months left to go..

  7. Eric 05:26am, 08/06/2016

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formiddable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers, rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of the government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; He speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and arguments. He appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city. He infects the body politics so that it can no longer resist….”

  8. BlackLabsMatter 06:06am, 08/05/2016

    The VP selections are ridiculous. Why in the hell would Trump pick an establishment cuckservative like Pence? And Tim Kaine even makes Pence look strong and charasmatic. Kaine looks like the demshevik version of Lindsey Grahamnesty aka Linda Grahamnesty. Trump could have done much better picking Jeff Sessions, Jan Brewer or even Ann Coulter. Even if I was a far left loon, I would be disappointed by the Clinton/Kaine ticket, what a absolute joke.

  9. Eric 06:21pm, 08/04/2016

    We don’t know if Trump is for real, but we already know about Hillary and Don King. King will probably pull the lever for Hillary when all is said and done, and who knows whether or not if Trump is full of hot air. Last POTUS who even remotely put America’s interests first was JFK, the guy was a tad too liberal for my taste and was a womanizer, but at least he tried to put America first. BTW, The Donald, needs to switch from, “The Snake,” (excellent story) and borrow, “The Lion.” “The Lion” is a true masterpiece of a speech by Christopher Walken, in the movie, “Poolhall Junkies.” MAGA!

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