This election season draws many parallels to professional wrestling. It was an over-the-top extravaganza, one in which each side feuded, held out signs promoting their preferred choice, and constantly trash-talked their opponent. Now, the election is over, Trump came out victorious, and tensions are still high with people protesting the outcome. This is very much like a pro wrestling story-line; a chaotic conflict over what’s right and wrong. So, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Linda McMahon, co-founder of WWE Inc, is being considered for a position in Donald Trump‘s cabinet. Not only is she being considered, but she is a top choice.
Looks like Linda McMahon is getting back into politics. She ran for the Senate in Connecticut during 2010 and 2012 under the Republican ticket, but lost each time. Donald Trump has always had a great relationship with WWE, but things got even better with The Donald and Linda when she donated $6 million to a pro-Trump super PAC called Rebuilding America Now. And now, it looks like the long-time “Queen of WWE” is inching towards the White House. Politico reports that this 68-year-old pro wrestling mogul is a top choice to drive Trump’s Small Business Administration. Previously, she was being considered for Secretary of Commerce, but that’s no longer the case since the position was filled on Wednesday by billionaire investor Wilbur Ross.
The Donald met with Mrs. McMahon on Wednesday in New York City. Reporters caught up with Linda in the lobby of Trump Tower. She told reporters that, “The meeting went great.” It seems like “great” must be the favorite word of Trump and his supporters. She also added that, “Anytime the President-elect of the United States asks you to come in for a conversation, you’re happy to do that. We talked about business and entrepreneurs and creating jobs, we had a really good conversation.”
At one time, Linda McMahon was against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, specifically his loud-mouth rhetoric, which she said was harmful to women. She claimed Trump’s comments about women were “deplorable,” “over-the-top” and “objectionable.” This all happened early in his campaign, when many of the Republican political elites were still against this orange-toned ham. She originally endorsed and supported New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s ambitions for president, but many Republican voters didn’t feel the same way (obviously Christie couldn’t cross that bridge). However, this July she came out in support of The Donald. In July, she was at the Republican National Convention as one of Trump’s delegates. She also met with him backstage at a rally in August.
Trump and the McMahons are far from strangers. The Donald has appeared on WWE television on numerous occasions, even taking part in an important match and story-line for WrestleMania 23 that ended with Trump shaving Vince McMahon’s head. Trump Plaza was host to WrestleMania V in 1989. In 2009, there was a short story-line in which Trump bought Raw from Mr. McMahon, only to sell it back to him a week later for a hefty profit. Vince McMahon donated $5 million to the Donald J. Trump Foundation as a result of his appearances for the global pro wrestling promotion between 2007 and 2009. And as I’ve already mentioned, Linda was one of Trump’s top donors during his 2016 campaign for the president. There is a big Trump-McMahon connection, and it has been that way for decades.
Nothing has been confirmed yet. But it looks like Linda McMahon is primed for a position in Donald Trump’s cabinet. When reporters asked her if Trump offered her a position in his administration, she simply told them to “stay tuned.”