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Shaquille O'Neal Says It's Time To Give Trump A Chance

| by Jonathan Constante

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal says President-elect Donald Trump won the election "fair and square."

In a discussion with The Hill about recounts, Shaquille O'Neal said it's time to move on and give Trump a chance.

“We have a process that’s been going on forever,” O'Neal said. “And whoever wins, you just hope he does what he says he’s going to do. You know, candidate Trump promised a lot of people a lot of things."

“Now that he’s president-elect, you just hope that he can make the world a better place," O'Neal said. "He won fair and square. We have to give him a chance. There’s no need talking about recounts and this and that.”

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The four-time NBA champion agreed that the results of the 2016 presidential election left everyone in "shock." He echoed statements he made earlier about the election while on "NBA on TNT."

"I'm 45 years old and the world is more divided now than it's ever been," said O'Neal. "There's a lot of stuff going on. It's my hope and prayer that him as a leader of the free world brings people closer together.

"It's kind of hard to believe that a guy with no political experience is the president of the United States. That's just really hard to believe. And I agree with [Charles Barkley], we have to give him a chance to do his job.

"Candidate Trump made a lot of promises, now we just hope that President-elect Trump, soon to be President Trump, hopefully he can make this world a better place for us to live in. Everybody was in shock, but it's over and done.

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"We live in a democracy. He won; he's the president; now we have to give him a chance."

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign has agreed to assist in a recount effort in three swing states spearheaded by third-party candidate Jill Stein, the New York Daily News reported.

"Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides," Clinton's campaign lawyer, Marc Elias, wrote in a Medium post in regards to the decision.

Sources: The Hill, New York Daily News, Medium / Photo credit: Healthy Celeb

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