Embattled Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy said Wednesday that he would not support ‘divisive’ Donald Trump if he ran in the 2024 presidential election – adding that he would instead prefer – albeit reluctantly – current President Joe Biden.
‘That’s two bad options to me,’ Portnoy, 45, said when asked about who he would vote for in the upcoming election during a sit-down Wednesday with Canadian comedy group The Nelk Boys on their Full Send podcast.
‘Trump and Biden are both bad options,’ said Portnoy, who previously penned an op-ed piece supporting Trump in 2015 during the former president’s successful election bid, to hosts Jesse Sebastiani and Bob Menery.
‘Trump more so,’ the Barstool president – commonly referred to by fans as El Presidente – then remarked. ‘Because I think he would be so divisive.’
‘Like, intentionally so,’ Portnoy went on, referring to Trump. ‘Like, they are intentionally divisive and that’s their audience.’
‘In this country, regardless of what you think of him and his politics, I think he does get a bad wrap for a lot of the stuff, but it doesn’t matter. He’s broken brains.’
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Dave Portnoy said Wednesday that he would not support ‘divisive’ Donald Trump if he ran in the 2024 presidential election – a stark about-face from the embattled Barstool head’s previous endorsements of the former president
Portnoy made the remarks during a Wednesday airing of The Full Send podcast, to hosts Bob Menery (left) and Jesse Sebastiani (right)
The assertion from Portnoy, whose Boston-based site commonly criticizes liberal media and plugged Trump for president during both his election campaigns, prompted a response from Sebastiani, who pointed out spots the Barstool head had done on pro-Trump outlets such Fox News.
‘What do you get for going on Fox News then?’ Sebastiani asked.
‘Huge audience,’ Portnoy replied flatly. ‘Like what do I get for going on NELK Boys -huge audience.’
The opposition from Portnoy, who famously met with then-president Trump in the Oval Office in 2020 for a highly publicized interview, serves as a stark about-face from the Barstool founder’s previous championing of the controversial head of state, suggesting the pair’s relationship may have since soured.
In 2015, during Trump’s first presidential bid, Portnoy penned a piece for Barstool titled ‘I’m Officially Voting For Donald Trump.’
In the article, the Barstool boss listed reasons why he supported the GOP candidate over competitors such as Hillary Clinton and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
‘There I said it,’ Portnoy wrote at the time, referencing the op-head’s then head-turning headline.
‘I am voting for Donald Trump. I don’t care if he’s a joke. I don’t care if he’s racist. I don’t care if he’s sexist. I don’t care about any of it. I hope he stays in the race and I hope he wins. Why? Because I love the fact that he is making other politicians squirm.’
Portnoy added: ‘I love the fact he says shit nobody else will say regardless of how ridiculous it is.’
In the piece, Portnoy – who is reportedly worth about $80 million – gave more reasons why he was voting for Trump, citing that it would not affect his day-to-day life and the bureaucracy exhibited by career politicians.
‘Let’s be honest,’ Portnoy wrote. ‘My day to day life isn’t gonnna change that much no matter who gets elected.
‘Our government is so fucked up nothing can get done no matter who is President. All we get every 4 years is hypocritical, fake ass politicians pointing their fingers at each other and blaming everything on everybody else.
‘Every 4 years politicians will say “Are you sick of business as usual” and then nothing changes and they do it all over again in the next election.
‘Well at least Trump is entertaining and says funny shit. He’s like a 1 man real life political mockumentary and that’s the best you can hope for at this point,’ Portnoy remarked, before providing a sign-off endorsement of the future president.
‘Trump 2016 4 real,’ he wrote.