The 16th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards in Las Vegas Jan 21 added some excitement this year with the appearance of presidential candidate Donald Trump. 

The star of Duck Dynasty, Willie Robertson, endorsed the real estate billionaire in front of a live crowd, splitting with his father Phil who had put his support behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz earlier this month.

Willie’s endorsement comes just days after Trump appeared with Sarah Palin in a maligned press conference. 

“The man I have the honor of introducing is not afraid to tell it like it is, he’s not politically correct,” Robertson said. “He’s very bold, he loves his country and he stands by the second amendment.”

In addressing the crowd, Trump said that the shooting sports and hunting industries had his full support. 

“We see what’s going on and it’s not good, Trump said with his two sons flanking him on either side on stage. “They want to take away so many rights and we’re not going to let that happen. You’re going to be in very good shape.”

The annual awards show honors the stars of reality shows on the Outdoor and Sportsman Channels. The event also featured a performance by John Fogerty.

You can catch Duck Dynasty these days on Outdoor Channel along with the family’s other show Buck Commander.

Watch the Donald Trump appearance here.

You can find an interview with Trump about the second amendment here.

Photo credit: Outdoor Channel