Mark Cuban on Donald Trump: He Gives Honest Answers-Authorship Confirmed!
Summary of eRumor:
A meme claims that Mark Cuban said Donald Trump give honest answers rather than prepared answers, which is more important than anything any candidate has done in years.
This quote has been correctly attributed to Mark Cuban.
Mark Cuban wrote on his Cyber Dust app in July 2015 that Donald Trump had changed politics with his truthful answers and unpolished ideas:
“I don’t care what his actual positions are,” Cuban wrote. “I don’t care if he says the wrong thing. He says what’s on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years.
Up until Trump announced his candidacy the conventional wisdom was that you had to be a professional politician in order to run. You had to have a background that was politically scrubbed. In other words, smart people who didn’t live perfect lives could never run. Smart people who didn’t want their families put under the media spotlight wouldn’t run. The Donald is changing all of that. He has changed the game and for that he deserves a lot of credit.
Now maybe we will accept candidates warts and all and look at what they can do rather than what headlines they create. Congrats Donald.”
But the Cuban-Trump honeymoon appears to have long since ended. In a December 2015 video clip, Cuban makes a crude juke about Donald Trump’s run for the presidency:
He’s just getting started. Seriously, there’s so much more to come because they’re not playing for real yet. There’s nothing really at stake. This is all just chitchat. He’s just warming up the audience. He’s the guy who walks into the bar and will say whatever he has to say to get laid … only in this case he’s not trying to f**k a girl, he’s trying to f**k the country.
Then, in a February 2016 interview with Bloomberg Business, Mark Cuban said that he could do a better job as president than Donald Trump:
Should I be in Trump’s position? I think I’d do a better job. I mean, I have young kids, and I think, honestly, that entrepreneurs can have more impact on this country and this world, and innovators can have more impact on this country and this world than the president of the United States.
So, Mark Cuban’s views on Donald Trump have clearly evolved over time. But the quote in question really did come from Cuban.