Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy said Wednesday that he would not support the ‘divisive’ Donald Trump if he ran in the 2024 presidential election – adding that he would instead prefer – albeit reluctantly – current President Joe Biden.
‘That’s two bad options to me,’ Portnoy, 45, said when asked about who he would vote for in the next presidential race during a sit-down Wednesday with Canadian comedy group The Nelk Boys on their Full Send podcast.
‘Trump and Biden are both bad options,’ said Portnoy to hosts Jesse Sebastiani and Bob Menery.
‘Trump more so,’ the Barstool president – commonly referred to by fans as El Presidente – then remarked. ‘Because I think he would be so divisive.’
‘Like, intentionally so,’ Portnoy went on, referring to Trump. ‘Like, they are intentionally divisive and that’s their audience.’
‘In this country, regardless of what you think of him and his politics, I think he does get a bad rap for a lot of the stuff, but it doesn’t matter. He’s broken brains.’
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Dave Portnoy said Wednesday that he would not support ‘divisive’ Donald Trump if he ran in the 2024 presidential election – a stark about-face from the embattled Barstool head’s previous endorsements of the former president
Portnoy made the remarks during a Wednesday airing of The Full Send podcast, to hosts Bob Menery (left) and Jesse Sebastiani (right)
The assertion from Portnoy, whose Boston-based site commonly criticizes liberal media and plugged Trump for president during both his election campaigns, prompted a response from Sebastiani, who pointed out spots the Barstool head had done on pro-Trump outlets such Fox News.
‘What do you get for going on Fox News then?’ Sebastiani asked.
‘Huge audience,’ Portnoy replied flatly. ‘Like what do I get for going on NELK Boys -huge audience.’
The opposition from Portnoy, who famously met with Trump in the Oval Office in 2020 for a highly publicized interview, serves as a stark about-face from the Barstool founder’s previous championing of the controversial head of state, suggesting the pair’s relationship may have since soured.
In 2015, during Trump’s first presidential bid, Portnoy penned a piece for Barstool titled ‘I’m Officially Voting For Donald Trump.’
Trump and Portnoy pictured laughing together outside the White House during an August 2020 interview of the then head of state by the Barstool head. Portnoy’s comments Wednesday suggest that the pair’s relationship has since soured
In the article, the Barstool boss listed reasons why he supported the GOP candidate over competitors such as Hillary Clinton and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
‘There I said it,’ Portnoy wrote at the time, referencing the op-head’s then head-turning headline.
‘I am voting for Donald Trump. I don’t care if he’s a joke. I don’t care if he’s racist. I don’t care if he’s sexist. I don’t care about any of it. I hope he stays in the race and I hope he wins. Why? Because I love the fact that he is making other politicians squirm.’
Portnoy added: ‘I love the fact he says shit nobody else will say regardless of how ridiculous it is.’
In the piece, Portnoy – who is reportedly worth about $80 million – gave more reasons why he was voting for Trump, citing that it would not affect his day-to-day life and the bureaucracy exhibited by career politicians.
‘Let’s be honest,’ Portnoy wrote. ‘My day to day life isn’t gonna change that much no matter who gets elected.
‘Our government is so fucked up nothing can get done no matter who is President. All we get every 4 years is hypocritical, fake ass politicians pointing their fingers at each other and blaming everything on everybody else.
‘Every 4 years politicians will say “Are you sick of business as usual” and then nothing changes and they do it all over again in the next election.
‘Well at least Trump is entertaining and says funny shit. He’s like a 1 man real life political mockumentary and that’s the best you can hope for at this point,’ Portnoy remarked, before providing a sign-off endorsement of the future president.
‘Trump 2016 4 real,’ he wrote.
In the years since, Portnoy, through Barstool and comments made on social media, has emerged as one of main figures at the helm of the US’ burgeoning young conservative movement.
Portnoy, pictured here on Fox News with Tucker Carlson in November, Portnoy, through content on Barstool and comments made on social media, has emerged as one of main figures at the helm of the US’ burgeoning young conservative movement. Portnoy in the past year has also expressed disdain for the current state of the American left, and the bias of their allies in mainstream media, and has even expressed a somewhat joking desire to run for office himself
During the pandemic – and Trump’s final year in office – the Barstool head vehemently criticized lockdown orders instituted by state governors at the time.
Portnoy in the past year has also expressed disdain for the current state of the American left, the bullying and superior attitude of Democratic politicians, and the bias of their allies in mainstream media, and has even expressed a somewhat joking desire to run for office himself.
In 2021, supporters of former President Trump turned on the Barstool boss, however, branding him a ‘traitor’ after it was revealed he had dinner with then Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, whose platform famously nixed the controversial politician’s account.
‘People were big mad,’ Portnoy said in an interview of Trump supporters at the time. ‘They’re like “you’re a traitor.” People are always so f***ing political – I always say I’m not political, but people refuse to believe it. But they’re mad, the Trump crowd, because he kicked Trump off Twitter.’
The pair have not been pictured together since.
Meanwhile, Portnoy is currently embroiled in another controversy, after launching a relentless legal crusade against news outlet Business Insider over two articles detailing claims he violently assaulted women while having sex with them.
Portnoy has strongly denied all accusations against him and has sued Insider, its chief executive, an editor and two reports after the outlet published two articles, one in November and one last month, detailing sexual harassment allegations by six different women.
One woman said that the 44-year-old choked her to the point where she couldn’t breathe, left red marks on her body from forceful spankings and gripped her rib cage so tightly it felt as if her body ‘was compressing in on itself.’
Two women also accused him of filming them without consent, choking them and spitting on them, Business Insider reported.
In a text, a woman accused Portnoy of filming her and spitting in her mouth