Strikeforce’s Josh Thomson Blasts Obama, Calls For New President Elect In 2012
By FCF Staff
Former Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind. These days, the 32-year-old San Jose, Calif. resident and Team AKA member is calling out someone far removed from the MMA world: Barack Obama.
In a recent update on his Facebook page, Thomson stated “If you voted for Obama to prove you aren’t a racist, make sure you vote against him to prove you’re not an idiot in 2012 :-)”
Thomson, who is of half caucasian, half Mexican descent, explained to FCF that, like the vast majority of Americans, he’s fed up with the hard economic times the country has been enduring. He said he thinks that Obama was unqualified to handle the role of president and that his victory in the 2008 election was, at least in part, aided by his relative youth as well as his race.
“I think that Americans felt that it was time to finally put an African-American in office,” said Thomson, who also stated that he did not vote for Obama in the 2008 election. ” Over time, you’ve had guys like Jesse Jackson run for office, but there’s no way people could stand behind him. Then came Obama, who’s very well-spoken, very articulate and who had spent time in the Senate.
“He was a younger candidate who could bring in the younger voters. The younger generation stepped up and voted for him, but they elected someone that wasn’t all that qualified. There was never anyone like that who brought in the younger generation. He did it. It was just the right time, right place.”
In addition to his MMA career, Thomson moonlights as a mortgage broker to earn extra cash. He said that the slumping economy, which has pummeled the housing market, has severely impacted his secondary source of income.
“Thank God I’m a fighter. Who would ever say that?,” he laughed. “If I was living check to check being a mortgage broker, I’d be broke right now trying to find another way to make money.”
For someone who has sported purple and orange hair and nicknamed himself “The Punk,” Thomson may sound self-contradicting when he says that he leans toward being a conservative. Yet he is quick to back this statement up by expressing his disgust with policies like the revolutionary Obama Care plan that provides certain benefits to everyone unconditionally.
“I’m someone who wants less government and more freedom of individuality – you work for what you get,” he said. “I didn’t grow up in a wealthy family, but I feel like I’ve achieved a lot in my life. I feel like handouts and freeloading is inexcusable.”
Heading into the 2012 election year, Thomson said he sees promise in a couple of Republican candidates – former Speaker of The House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and House of Representatives member Michele Bachmann. However, he also feels both will face significant obstacles that may very well impede their chances of making it to The White House should either win the Republican primary election.
“I like Newt Gingrich because of the experience he has,” said Thomson. “I don’t think he’ll get elected because he’s had money issues. He’s also a lot older. I kind of think that the younger generation is voting now because of Obama, so I don’t think they’d identify with him.”
Thomson said that Bachmann’s biggest hurdle might be her gender.
“Coming off Obama being elected, I think everyone might be like ‘We elected our first black president (so) we did our good deed for the decade and we’re going to stop there,” he said. “I don’t think she’ll get elected because she’s a woman.”
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