Throughout the contentious primary season, billionaire Mark Cuban lashed out against President-elect Donald Trump on a regular basis and eventually went all-in for Hillary Clinton, speaking publicly on her behalf.
Cuban was spotted by TMZ on Tuesday in New York City having a public-private meeting at the St. Regis with former Breitbart head and current Trump CEO Steve Bannon, who has been under the microscope in recent days.
The photo shows Bannon staring directly into the camera and Cuban covering his mouth.
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Here’s a rundown of the many things Cuban said over the course of the campaign season:
Previously Cuban said of a Trump nomination, “I think it’s great. I was an anybody but [Ted] Cruz guy. I like Donald.”
Soon after that, Cuban called Trump a “goddamn airhead” and said he’s “that guy who’ll walk into the bar and say anything to get laid.”
Cuban said Trump was the “best thing to happen to politics in a long time” and that he didn’t “care what his actual positions are” or “if he says the wrong thing.”
He praised Trump for “say[ing] what’s on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years.”
“You know what? It’s rare that you see someone get stupider before your eyes, but he’s really working at it […] You have to give him credit. It’s a difficult thing to do, but he’s accomplished it,” Cuban said. “Donald has been at this a year, but you don’t look at him and say, ‘Wow, he’s gotten so much smarter on this topic or that topic.’ In fact, you look at him and say, ‘What the hell are you talking about?'”
In June, Cuban said Trump was no billionaire.
“We know without any question that, as of May 27, [FEC filings show] Donald doesn’t have more than $165 million in cash and securities and bonds,” he said. “[I’m] willing to bet dimes against dollars that that’s pretty much what he’s got.”
He predicted that if Trump won, the market would tank.
“In the event Donald wins, I have no doubt in my mind the market tanks,” Cuban told Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto. “Mark Cuban — if the polls look like there’s a decent chance that Donald could win — I’ll put a huge hedge on that’s over 100 percent of my equity position and my bond position as well that protects me just in case he wins.”
Finally, while formally endorsing Hillary Clinton, Cuban called Trump a “jag-off.”
Before his meeting with Bannon, Cuban urged the public to give Trump a chance.