Sport took a backseat to the US Presidential results yesterday, and rugby league was no different. Many NRL identities took to social media to offer their outrage, shock, musings and jokes after one of the greatest upsets in modern political history.
Wendell Sailor was one of the most forthright from the rugby league community to denounce Donald Trump’s shock win.
Fox Sports stalwart Andy Raymond summed up the early feeling when Trump started to come from the clouds.
This couldn’t possibly be happening?
— Andy Raymond (@Andy_Raymond) November 9, 2016
Everyone wants ‘Gus’ Gould’s opinion, whether it’s about rugby league or not – but one Twitter user suggested a former Penrith prop might’ve been a better Democrat candidate.
— #rightside (@Harko24) November 9, 2016
Warriors captain Ryan Hoffman was a little disturbed by the outcome.
Being in America right now. 😳
— Ryan Hoffman (@RyanHoffman12) November 9, 2016
Nate Myles was enjoying the social media banter though…
— Nate Myles (@nate_myles) November 9, 2016
Meanwhile, Vossy had more important matters at hand as the world awoke to its first day with Trump at the helm.
— Andrew Voss (@AndrewVossy) November 9, 2016
Great Britain legend Martin Offiah reckons the streak of voting boilovers might spill into the reality TV world.
Donald Trump President?
Surly that means Honey G is winning the XFactor. What a. crazy 😜 world we live in people.
— MartinChariotsOffiah (@martinoffiah) November 9, 2016
Brisbane Broncos icon Steve Renouf had a pertinent question from left-field:
Does this mean We will now be turning back American boats!!!
— Steven Renouf (@TheRealPearl03) November 9, 2016
Ex-Big League editor Fiona Bollen, now with the Daily Telegraph, was looking at former PM Tony Abbott through rose-tinted glasses all of a sudden.
A PM who ate a raw onion doesn’t look so bad right now. #Election2016
— Fiona Bollen (@FiBollen) November 9, 2016
Bollen’s Big League successor, Maria Tsialis, was thinking locally in the wake of the global shock.
This all reminds me that I have to vote in a council election this Saturday.
— Maria Tsialis (@mtsialis) November 8, 2016
Dylan Napa probably should stick to hit-ups and bell-ringers.
Reality TV turning into real TV
— LeDylan Napa I (@dylannapa) November 9, 2016
Rugby League Week’s The Mole could have timed his off-season trip a little better…
Moley has just flown back into America and the world has gone mad…
— The Mole (@RLW_Mole) November 9, 2016
Joel Reddy had a more circumspect outlook on the stunning result.
— Joel Reddy (@JoelReddy) November 9, 2016
Bryan Fletcher took the matter seriously as always…
Well at least the seppos have awesome chocolate to look forward to now. pic.twitter.com/XvCbf5xAwa
— Bryan Fletcher (@bryfletch) November 9, 2016
Veteran rugby league scribe Steve Mascord made perhaps the most intelligent observation we’ve seen, though.
One can only hope the political apparatus will frustrate Trump’s attempts to do bad as much as it did Obama’s to do good.
— Steve Mascord (@therealsteavis) November 9, 2016
But as always, the great Scott Minto had his fair share of support…
We’ll leave the last word to Sydney Morning Herald’s Brad Walter – couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Thank God for sport.
— Brad Walter (@BradWalterSMH) November 9, 2016