“Donald Trump becoming our president, despite anybody’s political issues or views, everybody has the right to choose who they want to vote for, but this thing is getting out of hand,” Wilson said, alternating between looking at the camera and at others in the barbershop. “It’s getting out of hand, people.
“I don’t care who you voted for — just so you know, I voted for Hillary [Clinton] — but, when you think about it, it’s only been what two weeks? Or even less than that. . . .
“Basically, I think that when you think about all the negativity that’s happened within a 10-day period, or however many days it’s been, it’s already too much,” Wilson continued. “It’s already crazy. It’s already affecting people’s hearts and souls and lives in such a negative way, in my opinion.”
Wilson then brought up the large protest over the weekend at Los Angeles International Airport, one of many across the country, of Trump’s executive order barring travel into the United States by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries. Saying that “there’s people all over the place fighting for their lives and protesting,” the quarterback noted, “If we’re gonna be a nation that says we’re equal, we have to be equal.”
“Obviously you have to be smart, but you also have to treat people fairly, you have to be able to love everyone,” Wilson said. “I know from even my own faith, the Christian faith, you still have to love everybody. No matter what our issues are, we still have to find ways to love people and care for people.”
“I think that’s the thing that’s been crazy already. I don’t even know if he’s going to be able to last four years, in my opinion.
“You don’t want to wish bad upon anybody, because if he doesn’t last four years, that means that something went wrong. So hopefully nothing goes wrong, any more than what it’s already doing, but it’s just been a crazy 10 days already.”
Wilson then issued a plea for the return of the president Trump replaced, exclaiming “Barack! Come back, Barack! Come back, Barack!”
Obama was praised by the Seahawks star for how he “was able to deal with situations,” with Wilson positing that “people have a greater appreciation of his class” and that of former first lady Michelle Obama.
Wilson had previously let it be known he was planing on voting for Clinton, saying in October, “She’s the best candidate for the job.” At that time, he also said (via USA Today) of fellow quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem, “The great thing is he’s trying to do something, right? We all have to be engaged, and he’s doing something.”
In August, the wedding planner for Wilson’s marriage to pop star Ciara said that they moved it to England from North Carolina because of that state’s “transgender bathroom laws.” On Tuesday, the 28-year-old said, “People’s feelings are getting hurt, people’s lives are being changed, or people are getting sent back or not let in back home to see their families, for reasons that may not be worthy.
“Just because you believe in something, or you’re from a certain place, doesn’t mean that you’re a bad person.”
Wilson then threw the topic to the rest of the room, noting, “There’s a lot of things I could say.”