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19 of Donald Trump’s Weirdest Celebrity Endorsements

From Wayne Newton to Mike Tyson, Trump’s long, strange endorsements list says a lot about his candidacy

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Tila Tequila, Sarah Palin and Hulk Hogan have all endorsed Donald Trump for president.

Sarah Palin sent shockwaves through the Republican field Tuesday when she announced her support for Donald Trump — rather than her old buddy Ted Cruz — in a rambling speech in Ames, Iowa. Palin may be the most high-profile right-winger to endorse the candidate so far, but she's far from alone; the list of celebrities, politicians and personalities stumping for Trump is a veritable rogues gallery of oddballs and members of the political fringe. Here's a taste.

Trump Endorsements; Sarah Palin

AMES, IA - JANUARY 19: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on January 19, 2016 in Ames, IA. Trump received Palin's endorsement at the event. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

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Sarah Palin

The former Alaska governor, Veep nominee and Fox News commentator publicly announced her support for Trump Tuesday. 

"He is from the private sector, not a politician, can I get a 'Hallelujah'?" Mama Grizzly asked the crowd of cheering Trump supporters, before sort of going off the rails, rhetorically.

"In the private sector, you actually have to balance budgets in order to prioritize, to keep the main thing, the main thing, and he knows the main thing: A president is to keep us safe economically and militarily," she said. "He knows the main thing, and he knows how to lead the charge. So troops, hang in there, because help's on the way, because he, better than anyone, isn't he known for being able to command, fire!"

Trump Endorsements; Wayne Newton

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Singer Wayne Newton appears during the 'Outside The Barrel' show with Flint Rasmussen at Rodeo Live during the National Finals Rodeo's Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center on December 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/Getty Images)

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Wayne Newton

"Mr. Las Vegas," who's predicted President Obama will go down in history as the worst president ever, gave Trump the thumbs up on a Fox and Friends episode in October. 

"I love Donald, and he would make a great president, for many reasons," Newton said. "Number one: he tells the truth. Number two: he's been where most of these guys want to be, in terms of riding on his own plane. He doesn't have to worry about what hotels he stays in, doesn't have to worry about how his family gets to Hawaii…. I could give you so many reasons, but most of all, most important for Mr. Trump is: he tells it like it is."

Trump Endorsements; Mike Ditka

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: NFL Legend Mike Ditka, along with music and football friends, answered the question 'What If Pepsi brought halftime to the GRAMMY Awards?' through a 2.5-minute intermission ad at LA Sports Arena on January 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Pepsi)

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Mike Ditka

Hall of Fame football coach and ESPN analyst Mike Ditka expressed his support for Trump in a September interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.

He does have one piece of advice for Trump, though. "I do like Donald Trump. I think he — sometimes he's gotta think a little bit more before he says things, but I think he's on the right track," Ditka said. He added, "I think that he has the fire in his belly to make America great again and probably do it the right way. I do like him, yes. I do like him."

Trump Endorsements; Phyllis Schlafly

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 19: Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum, listens to applause during the Family Research Council's 2007 Washington briefing October 19, 2007 in Washington, DC. The legislative action arm of the Family Research Council held the yearly event at which 2008 U.S. presidential hopefuls spoke, including Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and others. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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Phyllis Schlafly

Arch-conservative and avowed anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly hasn't just pledged her allegiance to Donald Trump — she's called him America's "last hope."

In a December WND interview, Schlafly spoke of being disillusioned with the Republican-controlled Congress and frustrated that they chose to pass a budget deal.

"It sounds like Donald Trump is the only one who has any fight in him," Schlafly said. "He will fight for the issues that we really care about and are very hot at the present time, such as the immigration issue. I don't see anyone else who's eager to fight."

Trump Endorsements; Ann Coulter

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: Commentator Ann Coulter attends the Los Angeles premiere of Amy Berg's "An Open Secret" at Writers Guild Theater on July 15, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)

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Ann Coulter

Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter was one of Trump's earliest supporters, and she remains, on Twitter at least, one of his most vocal and visible ones.

"Trump is different," Coulter told WMAL in July. "We have been lied to for 30 years about immigration. That's why Trump is striking this chord. He's attractive. He's tall. He's hilariously funny. I think he could be not only a nominee who could win but a third party candidate who would win." 

Trump Endorsements; Gavin McInnes

Actor Gavin McInnes attends Shorts Program II during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival at Racquet Club Theatre on January 16, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Kristin Murphy/WireImage)

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Gavin McInnes

Vice Media's co-founder — better known these days for his controversial views on race and gender — has expressed support for Trump. The thing that sold him? Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United State.

"I want to focus now on his most recent faux-pas, where he said we need to ban all Muslims from returning to America," McInnes said in a December video. "Pretty irrational, pretty brash, pretty crass. That's what we need in this day and age — we're at war."

Trump Endorsements; Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura

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Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura

Former wrestler and reality TV star Hulk Hogan didn't just pledge his vote to Trump — he offered to throw his considerable weight behind the magnate by joining his ticket. 

"I don't want to be in the ring with any candidates — I want to be Trump's running mate," Hogan told TMZ. He'll have some competition for the job, though, from one of his WWF contemporaries: Jesse "The Body" Ventura. 

"If Donald Trump were to ask me to be his running mate, I would give it very serious consideration because anything to break up the status quo of this country," Ventura, who previously served as governor of Minnesota, said in August. "This country needs to be shaken up. It needs to be shaken to its very core, and Donald Trump is doing that."

Trump Endorsements; Lou Ferrigno

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Lou Ferrigno

Hogan isn't the only Hulk who wants to see Trump in the White House. Actor Lou Ferrigno has given the Donald his stomp of approval too.

"I wish Donald the best. He's a fabulous guy. I hope he goes all the way," Ferrigno told TMZ in July. "Donald, all he cares about is our country and keeping our country safe. That's what it comes down to."

Trump Endorsements; Mike Tyson

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson attends the bout between Deontay Wilder and Artur Szpilka at Barclays Center on January 16, 2016 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Mike Tyson

Trump has former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson in his corner as well. The real-estate mogul, whose properties have hosted four Tyson bouts over his career, defended the boxer's right to continue fighting after he was convicted of rape. (Trump suggested proceeds from the fights benefit rape victims, but officials didn't bite.) 

"He should be president of the United States. He should be president of the United States. That's what he should be. He should be president of the United States," Tyson told HuffPost Live. "Why are people mad at the people 'cause this is who the people want to be president?"

Tyson also expressed his frustration with pundits talking down to Trump supporters. "They're telling us we're stupid. That's what they're telling us."

Trump Endorsements; Stephen Baldwin

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 05: Actor Stephen Baldwin appears during the "Outside The Barrel" show with Flint Rasmussen at Rodeo Live during the National Finals Rodeo's Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center on December 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/Getty Images)

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Stephen Baldwin

Donald Trump fired Stephen Baldwin twice — when he was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice and on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice — but Baldwin hasn't held a grudge. 

"I think he's fantastic. I love him. I think he'd make a great president," Baldwin told CNN. "He's not a politician, and he doesn't care what anybody thinks. And that's why he's surging in the polls. He says what he thinks."

Trump Endorsements; Joe Arpaio

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Joe Arpaio

"America's Sheriff" Joe Arpaio — notorious for institutionalizing racial profiling in Maricopa County, Arizona — says Trump is the clear choice for president, even if others won't admit it. 

"You're the patriots, and you've got a lot of people — believe me — a lot of people won't say it, but they support Donald Trump. They won't tell you, but when they go into that voting booth, watch out," Arpaio said while introducing Trump at a rally in December. 

Trump Endorsements; Willie Robertson

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19: TV personality Willie Robertson attends the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Mike Windle/ACM2015/Getty Images for dcp)

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Willie Robertson

Willie's father, Phil Robertson, may be voting Cruz, but the Duck Dynasty star and Duck Commander CEO is a Trump man.

"I do like me some Trump. I gotta admit," Robertson said at an Oklahoma City rally in September. "Here's the deal: We're both successful businessmen. We both have pretty big shows on television. We both have wives that are 1,000 times better looking than us. So I do like Trump."

Trump Endorsements; Loretta Lynn

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 18: Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn performs in concert at ACL Live on October 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)

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Loretta Lynn

Donald Trump has a fan in country singer and coal miner's daughter Loretta Lynn. 

"Trump has sold me — what more can I say?" Lynn told a Reuters reporter before a Trump rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina. "I just think he's the only one who's going to turn this country around."

Lynn thinks her fans agree, too. "When you get up there and try to say you want to see Hillary Clinton win, that wouldn't go over so big," she said.

Trump Endorsements; Jesse James

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Jesse James

Jesse James, star of the reality show Monster Garage and a onetime Celebrity Apprentice contestant, endorsed his old "boss" Donald Trump on Facebook, writing at length about living with Trump for the six weeks he spent filming the show.

"I was able to observe him and his kids in their day to day routine. What I saw was a person that treated everyone with respect. Even the (Hispanic) guys in the mail room," James wrote. "This guy is the Real Deal, and will Make America Great Again."

Trump Endorsements; Vojislav Šešel

Serbian nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj (R) surrounded by his supporters holds a burning NATO flag during an anti-government rally on March 24, 2015, in front of the building of the former federal Interior Ministry in Belgrade, which was destroyed during the 1999 NATO air campaign against Serbia and Montenegro. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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Vojislav Šešelj

The far-right leader of Serbia's Nationalist party — who's currently awaiting the verdict of a UN tribunal on whether he committed war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina — wants to "make America great again."

In early January, Šešelj tweeted, "I call on brother Serbs who live in the USA to strongly support Republican Party candidate Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential elections."

He and Trump might not have a lot in common, but they share a disdain for Muslims. Šešelj has campaigned for a "Greater Serbia" that would roll Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and the Republic of Macedonia into one nation.

"If the Muslim fundamentalists don't like that, they can pack their bags and leave," he has said.

Trump Endorsements; Ted Nugent

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Ted Nugent

Avowed Obama hater, NRA board member and rock musician Ted Nugent has Trump fever

Nugent told the Rita Cosby Show he appreciates Trump's "bold, brazen, courageous, unapologetic politics in his stance…. His campaign is just what the working-hard, playing-hard American families have been waiting for."

"He would kick ass and take names, and that's what America needs right now," he said.

Trump Endorsements; Dennis Rodman

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Dennis Rodman

Former Chicago Bulls star, ex-husband of Carmen Electra and occasional Kim Jong Un consort Dennis Rodman knows who he wants to see in the White House come January. 

In July, he delivered his endorsement over Twitter. Trump "has been a great friend for many years," he wrote. "We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump!"

Trump Endorsements; Tila Tequila

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Tila Tequila enters the Celebrity Big Brother house at Elstree Studios on August 27, 2015 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Tila Tequila

Former reality TV star and present Internet conspiracy theorist Tila Tequila pledged her support for Trump in a YouTube video posted in October.

"I actually started looking into things that he's all about and I definitely think that he should definitely be our new president because, as you all know, I am very anti-vax and Donald Trump is also anti-vax," Tequila said.

She added that she digs his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and his views on Russia's involvement in Syria.