UK tabloid The Daily Star, known for being such shameless rumormongers that even Rich Johnston is like, “damn, that’s some shameless rumormongering,” are mongering a new rumor that Linda McMahon, former CEO of WWE, and one of the company’s primary owners along with husband and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, is up for a position in President Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet in the Commerce Department. McMahon, who left her corporate role at WWE to enter politics, making two unsuccessful runs for Senator in Connecticut as a Republican in 2010 and 2012, reportedly gave $6 million to Trump during the election, and congratulated him on his win from her seat in the audience at his election night victory speech:
— Linda McMahon (@Linda_McMahon) November 9, 2016
If the prospect of Trump’s presidency terrifies you, as it does quite a few people, it might be a tiny consolation to know that Linda McMahon disagrees with Trump on at least some issues, particularly his comments about women. Despite her continued support for Trump throughout the election, McMahon, who recently founded a startup aimed at mentoring women in business called Women’s Leadership LIVE, has criticized his comments about women, saying back in March during the Republican primary, when Trump’s comments toward women were like a 5/10 on the Trump scale compared to his comments about women during the general election:
Those [comments] were just over the top; they were deplorable, objectionable absolutely. He’s not helping, certainly, to put women in the best light. Maybe he regrets them, maybe he doesn’t. I realize he punches hard when he punches back, but that’s just over the top. I wish that no candidate would make those comments.
Of course, that didn’t stop McMahon from supporting Trump, even after his disparaging comments about women reached record peaks in the months to come. McMahon values Trump’s loyalty and friendship, saying of him, “Once you’re his friend, he is loyal to the end. He’s an incredibly loyal, loyal friend.”
If the rumors turn out to be true, which, again, they probably aren’t, it won’t be just wrestling royalty in the presidential cabinet. Linda McMahon is a Wonder Woman fan as well:
— Linda McMahon (@Linda_McMahon) October 18, 2016
— Linda McMahon (@Linda_McMahon) October 21, 2016
Trump and the McMahons have had a long association. Trump’s Atlantic City plaza played host to two Wrestlemanias (4 and 5), and Trump has even had an occasional onscreen role, most famously being featured in the main storyline for Wrestlemania 23 in a feud with Vince McMahon. The “Battle of the Billionaires” culminated with Trump’s chosen champion, Bobby Lashley, defeating Vince’s champion Umaga in a match with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special referee. In the aftermath, Trump shaved McMahon’s head, the punishment for the loser of the match. Trump was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class, and he even has an official superstar bio on WWE’s website which, sadly, doesn’t seem to have been updated during the last year.
Again, the rumor that Linda McMahon could be in the running for a position in Donald Trump’s cabinet should be taken with the grainiest grain of salt ever, given its source, but just because they may be making it up doesn’t mean it isn’t plausible. McMahon is a very successful businesswoman who has known and worked with Trump for decades, she has political aspirations and connections, and Trump promised during his campaign to put American business leaders to work for the country as advisors and diplomats. Amongst the likely candidates in Trump’s arsenal, you won’t find a better fit than Linda McMahon. However, as of six hours ago, McMahon hadn’t made the New York Times‘ short list of rumored Commerce Secretary appointments, which instead names Chris Christie, Dan DiMicco, and Lewis M. Eisenberg.
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