WWE wrestler Jaxson Ryker has received heavy criticism this week for a Twitter and Facebook posts he made. In one post Ryker gave his support to Donald Trump and in a resurfaced Facebook post he called Black Lives Matter garbage.
Ryker’s posts were condemned by his fellow WWE superstars, but Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr. responded to Ryker’s post writing, “My father will always stand up for our country and everyone in it. Thank you for your service in the Marines!”.
The old Black Lives Matter post was given new life on Monday after Ryker tweeted at almost the same time as Trump was holding a press conference on the ongoing protests.
“Thankful for the @POTUS we have! God bless America. Built of freedom. Forgotten No More,” he tweeted.
Soon after making the post, another Twitter user shared Ryker’s 2019 Facebook post in which he wrote, “Pretty touchy subject but all this black lives matter garbage baffles me. I challenge anyone of any color or race to go watch 12 years a slave, the movie and realize how good you all actually have it. Learn heritage. Chris, Gandhi, Budda; They all taught love and caring for others. This is getting out of hand. I Pray for this nation daily.”
Soon after the post was shared on Twitter, Ryker set his Facebook page, which is under his real mane Chad Lail, to friends-only to prevent any more posts from being shared. Ryker also deleted his Twitter post.
Ryker’s comments did not go over well with his WWE colleagues.
“The freedom you speak of entitles you to speak your mind all you want. I’m not here to argue that. I just really need to tell you that I think you pushing your s**tty wrestling catchphrase as all of this is happening is absolutely f**king pathetic. Good night,” Kevin Owens tweeted.
Dave Bautista wrote, “I’m just keeping him nameless because he’s a sorry ass motherf**ker who I refuse to let ride my coattails. He gets no love from me. He gets no rub from me. And if he would like to discuss it in person we have enough mutual acquaintances that he will be able to find me easily.”
Mustafi Ali tweeted, “I’m thankful you posted this because I’m now aware of what you stand for. When black brothers and sisters are crying, you praise someone that refuses to acknowledge their hurt,” tweeted Mustafi Ali.
“Literally built on oppression,” tweeted Sami Zayn.
“Someone is gonna take a nice s**t in your gear bag….” said Joey Janella.