Donald Trump: Rex Ryan ‘won the championships in New York’
Rex Ryan on Monday night introduced Donald Trump at a rally in Buffalo ahead of Tuesday’s New York primary, and the Republican presidential nominee frontrunner erred by suggesting the Buffalo Bills head coach won championships during his tenure with the New York Jets.
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“He won the championships in New York, AFC, I think twice,” Trump said as he praised Ryan, via ESPN’s Mike Rodak. “He always had these teams that were brutal. They were just good. Great defense. And I’ve been watching, and I’ll tell you, you’re gonna have a very, very good season this year, you watch. It’s going to be good, and it’s because you have a good coach, you really do. And he’s also a terrific guy.”
Ryan led the Jets to two appearances in the AFC Championship Game but never made it to the Super Bowl, let alone actually winning one.
Ryan, meanwhile, called it a “great honor” to introduce Trump at the rally in downtown Buffalo that drew over 10,000 people, praising the candidate for his candor.
“There’s so many things I admire about Mr. Trump, but one thing I really admire about him is, you know what, he’ll say what’s on his mind,” Ryan said. “But so many times, you’ll see people, a lot of people want to say the same thing. But there’s a big difference. They don’t have the courage to say it. They all think it, but they don’t have the courage to say it.
“And Donald Trump certainly has the courage to say it, and that’s why I respect him. And you know what? So do the people of New York. This man, he’s one of the greatest businessmen, obviously, that we can ever remember. There’s no question about that.”
Trump called Ryan “a very good speaker” and “a great, great football coach” as well as a “great guy.”
Trump, who claims to have “bid a billion” dollars in an effort to buy the Bills in 2014, said that Terry and Kim Pegula are “great owners” despite suggesting in a 2014 tweet that they “overpaid” when purchasing the team.
The Bills, however, issued a statement on behalf of the organization that made it clear Ryan was not representing the team with his appearance.
“It is a personal decision by Rex to introduce Donald Trump at this evening’s rally,” the statement read. “The Bills organization does not endorse political candidates, and so he is not representing the organization at tonight’s event.”
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