NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who supported Hillary Clinton during the election, sat down with President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday, and now he has some strong words for fellow Democrats who refuse to give the billionaire businessman a chance.
Shortly after his sit-down with Trump, Brown told CNN's Brooke Baldwin that he has a newfound "admiration" for the president-elect, and in a later interview with network host Anderson Cooper, the famed Cleveland Browns running back described Trump as "very receptive" to his concerns regarding race.
"For years, the presidency has been like a smooth ride and nothing really dramatic has happened," Brown told Cooper. "But with him, every day is full of energy — things are gonna happen. When I met him, it was like meeting a different person."
Brown then offered a stern rebuke to fellow Clinton supporters and others who have opposed Trump since he won the presidency last month:
In my opinion, people that go against the election are going against America. We have free elections: Everybody can vote, we fought for that, we brag about that and we know we're gonna have a winner and we're gonna have a loser.
So my point is, if we respect the winner and approach that person, have access to that person, then that person will look at what we're presenting — that's not too bad. I could've sat back and said, "Well, Hillary didn't win. I'm just gonna sit on my and complain." But, see, the one thing about this country: If you get off your butt and you apply yourself, you can be successful, but if you wanna be delivered, you're talking about the wrong country.
Toward the end of their discussion, Cooper asked Brown if it "concerns" him to see that Trump's Cabinet is — so far — made up of mostly white men. The footballer's answer, which he said might leave many black people calling him a "sellout," was noteworthy:
The three greatest people in my life as a young person were white: My high school superintendent, my high school coach and a graduate of Manhasset High, Kenny Molloy, who is a mentor to yours truly. And so, I'm not a person that really deals in color.
I recognize the iniquities that certain cultures have to go through, I understand the history of slavery, and all those things, but I'm not a victim. I can vote, I can participate, I can invest my money, I can invest my time, and that's what I'm doing. I'm not working for anybody, I'm not making any money doing what I'm doing. I'm doing it because someone did it for me.