Controversial actor Mel Gibson saluted former President Donald Trump on Saturday, when they both attended a UFC match near Las Vegas.
Gibson, known for starring roles in “The Patriot” and “Braveheart,” was captured making the military-style gesture to Trump as the former president walked through the crowd and waved.
The clip attracted widespread social media commentary as it circulated following Conor McGregor’s loss to Dustin Poirier.
Gibson, 65, was not previously a well-known Trump supporter. He dissed Trump’s plan for a US-Mexico border wall in 2016 and didn’t vocally back him in 2020 — unlike more forceful Hollywood Trump backers like Kirstie Alley and Jon Voight, who routinely promoted Trump’s re-election campaign.
Mel Gibson was attending the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.NGRE / BACKGRID Donald Trump seen in attendance at UFC 264 on July 10, 2021.AP Photo/John Locher