Donald Trump is one of the most liberal Republicans when it comes to online poker, but could Daniel Negreanu’s recent challenge cause him to change his mind?
With the mainstream media literally being handed headlines, and Internet trolls gathering GIFs galore thanks to Trump’s recent comments, could the Donald turn on what he has supported to date?
Throughout the recent run of campaigns, we’ve been kept up-to-date with the latest political wrangling, thanks to the likes of Poker Players Alliance (PPA).
With many American players wanting to know where each presidential candidate stands on the issue of online poker, the PPA has been doing its best to untangle the political mess.
Coming under the most fire from the PPA in recent weeks is Republican candidate Marco Rubio. According to the PPA’s Rich Muny, Rubio’s support of S1668, or the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) as most of us know it, makes him Public Enemy Number One for the US poker community.
However, if there’s one thing he’s more against than online poker, it’s Donald Trump. The two Republican candidates have been trading jabs during their speeches and debates for weeks now, but a recent comment from Rubio about the size of Trump’s caught the attention of one of poker’s biggest stars.
“Have you seen his hands? They’re like this. And you know what they say about men with small hands? You can’t trust them,” said Rubio.
Rubio’s implication was obviously aimed at a part of Trump’s body that very few people have seen (or would want to), but that didn’t stop the bombastic billionaire from using it as a stick to beat Rubio with during the recent Republican debate.
“Look at these hands, are these small hands? He referred to my hands and said, if they’re small, something else must be small, and I guarantee you there’s no problem,” asserted Trump, as the live audience gasped in shock and awe.
Not wanting to miss an opportunity to poke the fire and see exactly how Trump measures up, Daniel Negreanu took to Twitter and directed a challenge at Trump.
“I challenge @realDonaldTrump to release a dick pic to prove it’s of average size or more. I will donate $100,000 to a charity of his choice,” wrote Negreanu.
The chances of Trump actually accepting the challenge are blessedly slim, but if Tonight‘s John Oliver is to be believed, then the private part would probably look like a “Cheeto with the cheese dust rubbed off.”
We’re just wondering if it will be a thumbnail or megapixelated.
Negreanu’s jibe certainly raised a smile with members of the poker community, but could it come back and bite us in our own derrieres?
Of all the GOP candidates, Trump is slightly more liberal than the likes of Rubio. In fact, when asked about online poker back in 2011, Trump stated that “like usual” the “US is missing out” with regards to regulation and, therefore, tax dollars.
Trump has also publicly stated that he is refusing outside donations from GOP mega-doners such as Sheldon Adelson (the primary supporter of RAWA), and that he won’t be swayed on certain issues.
Although he’s remained silent on the issue of online poker in recent years, it’s likely he is on our side when it comes to regulation of the industry.
If he takes Negreanu’s challenge in the wrong way, then he could decide to poke the community with his proverbial stick and push for a federal ban on online poker out of spite. You just never know with the Big Kahuna.