By Amarillo Globe-News
Terry Funk for president?
Before anyone thinks we have taken one too many folding chairs to the head, the idea of the legendary professional wrestler and Amarillo-area native running for the highest office in the land is about as likely as Bernie Sanders embracing capitalism. But is still fun to ponder the possibility.
There is no doubt the former West Texas A&M football player could beat Donald Trump and Joe Biden — in the ring anyway.
In classic Funk fashion, the member of the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame and WT Hall of Champions fired off a Funkster-like quip in March to deadspin.com about Trump and Biden, who many are predicting could go at it for the White House in 2020.
Much like adolescents on a playground, Biden and Trump exchanged fighting words last month — in a manner of speaking.
Biden said if he and Trump were in high school, “I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”
Trump responded with a tweet (his primary form of communication) that “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!”
Yes, these comments are from the current president of the United States of America and the former vice president of the United States of America.
God bless, America, indeed.
Funk’s idea of how to deal with Trump and Biden is certainly more appealing than the prospect of these two battling it out on the campaign trail, much less in a physical altercation — as absurd as it sounds.
Said Funk of hypothetical Trump/Biden fisticuffs (from deadspin.com): “If those guys went at it, it would be a very, very (expletive which rhymes with pretty) thing to watch … I’d love to get in the ring with those two (expletive which rhymes with manholes). Both of them at once would be fine with me. They don’t even have to tag in. If either one of them is looking for an (expletive) kicking, tell them to call me up. I’m over 70!”
Funk was speaking tongue-in-cheek. (Maybe. With Funk never rule out anything.)
But considering the lack of quality represented in a potential Trump/Biden political brawl for the White House, a handicap match with Funk versus Trump/Biden — in the ring or on the campaign trial — would certainly be more entertaining.