In a statement released Wednesday, legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus officially threw his endorsement behind President Donald Trump, arguing that the president deserves another four years in office for living up to the promises he made on the campaign trail in 2016.
“Through the years, I have been blessed to personally know several Presidents on both sides of the aisle,” Nicklaus said. “All were good people. All loved their country. And all believed in the American Dream.
“I have had the privilege over the last 3½ years to get to know our current President a little more as his term has progressed,” he continued. “I have been very disappointed at what he’s had to put up with from many directions, but with that, I have seen a resolve and a determination to do the right thing for our country. He has delivered on his promises. He’s worked for the average person. In my opinion, he has been more diverse than any President I have seen and has tried to help people from all walks of life—equally.”
Nicklaus recalled his own humble beginnings, coming as his did from a family where both grandfathers worked on the railroad. He noted that, through those beginnings, his father was able to pursue the American dream and give him, Jack, a chance to do the same.
“I also believe that Donald Trump’s policies will bring the American Dream to many families across the nation who are still trying to achieve it,” he said. “You might not like the way our President says or tweets some things—and trust me, I have told him that!—but I have learned to look past that and focus on what he’s tried to accomplish. This is not a personality contest; it’s about patriotism, policies and the people they impact. His love for America and its citizens, and putting his country first, has come through loud and clear. How he has said it has not been important to me. What has been important are his actions. Now, you have the opportunity to take action.”
Trump replied to Nicklaus’s endorsement on Twitter.
“Jack, this is a Great Honor,” the president wrote. “Thank you!”