A viral video is making its rounds online after Mel Gibson was supposedly spotted saluting Donald Trump at the UFC 264 fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirer on Saturday.
The video, posted to Twitter by conservative outlet The Columbia Bugle, shows the controversial actor signaling to the former president as his security escort him away from the match. Other videos filmed during the event show Gibson wearing the same shirt as in the original video confirming it was him.
Yoooooo!!! Is that Mel Gibson saluting President Trump? #UFC264 pic.twitter.com/QEqa0p2cOn
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) July 11, 2021
The fact-checking site Snopes confirmed the validity of the clip after a TikTok of his gesture to Trump started to spread on the social media platform.
Gibson has been caught out many times before for his racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic outbursts. However, until now, he had resisted showing any public support for Trump.
Back in November 2016, he weighed in on the current state of politics at the time.
"In this time, we all need to transcend what's going on. I think that's the only way around it because the choices we have are, they're not good choices at the moment, I think," Gibson said of Trump as president.
The Brave Heart actor later delved into his political views during a December 2020 interview on the Fox News show, The Ingraham Angle, as reported by Newsweek.
"Who the hell cares what I think? I'm not an expert - what am I qualified to talk about?" Gibson told host Laura Ingraham. "It's alright. It allows you a sense of anonymity so that in your performance you can come out and just be anything; you're not already carrying a lot of baggage. It's partially intentional."
"I am politically incorrect, that's true," Gibson continued. "Political correctness to me is just intellectual terrorism. I find that really scary, and I won't be intimidated into changing my mind. Everyone isn't going to love you all the time."
Gibson's most recent gesture did, of course, spark backlash on social media, leading many of his fans to question his political views.
"So crazy how I thought he was awesome back in the Eighties, I'm glad people's true characters have been revealed," one person wrote.
Another commented: "Everyone knew the hater would pop up somewhere! I have not and will not watch another movie of his since the last hate episode! The world does not need his kind!"
Many of our favorite celebrities attended the fight on July 10th, including Dave Chappelle, Justin Bieber, Miles Teller, Jared Leto, Steve Aoki, Steve-O, and Baker Mayfield, just to name a few.