Shocking the Ivy basketball world, Penn assistant coach Nat Graham announced he plans to mount a campaign for the U.S. presidency in 2020, speaking out decisively against Wharton ’68 alum and President Donald Trump.
Echoing his own Twitter account, Graham said in his candidacy announcement speech at the Palestra that Donald Trump is a terrible wrestler …
This really is an awful effort https://t.co/CWlk8q6gPT
— Nat Graham (@natgraham42) March 16, 2017
… and even went as far as to opine that childhood hunger is bad.
It helps them not be sick. It helps them not be hungry. https://t.co/gjvO1lLLFN
— Nat Graham (@natgraham42) March 17, 2017
“I know this may be controversial, but I care more about the government working for people than golf working for the government,” Graham said.
Basketball is great. When POTUS played bball=skinny. New guy just plays golf=not so much. Bball can’t take credit for the hair though.
— Nat Graham (@natgraham42) March 26, 2017
“I’m behind him 100 percent,” former Pennsylvania governor and Penn ’65 alum Ed Rendell said.
But Graham’s candidacy won’t be easy.
President Trump has already accused Graham of being Canadian, casting aspersions on Graham’s natural born U.S. citizenship by mentioning the fact that Graham played two seasons at the University of Western Ontario.
“He’s Ted Cruz except with red hair and an Obama crush,” Trump said while watching golf at Mar-a-Lago. “I could beat him in basketball or wrestling, whatever he wants.”
And Penn’s own standout player AJ Brodeur isn’t even backing Graham. Instead, Brodeur is supporting Kanye West in 2020.
— AJ Brodeur (@AJBrodeur) September 27, 2016
Nevertheless, Graham is confident that he’s got what it takes to pull off the presidential upset.
To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man! pic.twitter.com/ps25DWgseL
— Nat Graham (@natgraham42) March 13, 2017