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The number of celebrities who support Donald Trump continues to grow as UFC Hall of Famer and current Bellator fighter Tito Ortiz has now publicly endorsed the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
The 41-year-old was spotted in attendance at a Trump rally in Anaheim, Calif., this week. His appearance caused a stir as Ortiz was pictured holding a sign that said, “Hillary Clinton Killed My Friends,” and later joined in a “build that wall” chant.
Ortiz, whose father is from Mexico, posted a picture on Instagram alongside Donald Trump with the caption “Proud to support @RealDonaldTrump #Trump2016 #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.” Some took issue with Ortiz’s support of Trump considering the Republican candidate’s stance on immigration laws. However, Ortiz is just one of many from the Latino community who support Trump.
“History will repeat itself,” Ortiz posted on Instagram with an image that showed the similarities between Trump and former president Ronald Reagan. “I want safe borders. I want our country not to be lied too [sic] and our troops too [sic] have faith in our leader.”
Ortiz joins others from the MMA community, which includes UFC president Dana White, UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman and current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, in endorsing the business tycoon-turned-presidential candidate.
Ortiz isn’t a fly-by-night supporter who is simply hopping on the bandwagon. The former contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice" called himself a Trump supporter back in January when he appeared on "In The Loop."
"I’m a Trump guy,” Ortiz said. “I wasn’t in the beginning, of course. I’m Mexican, when he said we need to take all the Mexicans out of United States … well good luck on that one. They’ll find a way to get back here anyways. But, you know in the long run, I think he wants to bring money back to our country and with the debt that we are in, I think he has an opportunity to do that."
Ortiz has long been a supporter of the troops and has been vocal about his distaste of Hillary Clinton. He’s also in favor of Trump’s stern immigration laws as it pertains to “radicals” and “Muslims.” At the rally, Ortiz can be seen seated just behind Trump and his appearance caused a stir on social media. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” certainly didn’t shy away from the attention.
“For all the haters ignorance is bliss,” Ortiz later tweeted. “But the #TrumpTrain is gaining ground. @latinos4Trump @Women4Trump @immigrant4trump #Trump2016.”