At a New Hampshire rally last night, Donald Trump announced to a crowd of over 11,000 he had the support of two New England notables – Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Brady has been spotted with a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker and has made a few comments in support of Trump – the two are known to be golfing buddies – Trump fiercely defended Brady during the infamous “Deflategate” scandal.
Belichick is no stranger to Trump either – proof in a photo of the two that can be found on the presidential candidate’s Instagram.
So what’s the big deal?
Some brief social media research shows that last week, prior to the New Hampshire rally, a comment was left on one of Gisele Bündchen’s Instagram posts, asking if she and Brady were supporting Trump.
Her response? “NO!” – a direct conflict with Trump’s statement on Monday evening. According to Trump, Brady had already voted for him:
“He called today and he said, ‘Donald, I support you, you’re my friend, and I voted for you.’
Could there be trouble in political paradise for the powerhouse couple? Perhaps.
Despite Brady’s favorable comments toward Trump, Brady noted he had yet to vote when he made an appearance on the Kirk & Callahan talk radio show yesterday morning. While Brady claimed he would vote later in the day yesterday, or today, early voting in Massachusetts closed on Friday – so unless Brady voted by mailing an absentee ballot, it doesn’t seem possible that he had voted when Trump gave his speech last night.
Bill Belichick’s endorsement, on the other hand, has proven to be true, as the Patriots coach gave his permission to share his note to Trump – it reads:
“Congratulations on a tremendous campaign. You have dealt with an unbelievable slanted and negative media, and have come out beautifully – beautifully. You’ve proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. Your leadership is amazing. I have always had tremendous respect for you, but the toughness and perseverance you have displayed over the past year is remarkable. Hopefully tomorrow’s election results will give the opportunity to make America great again. Best wishes for great results tomorrow.”
Perhaps the most shocking part of Belichick’s endorsement is his choice of strong, positive words – no one knew the “human grumpy cat” was capable of enthusiastically supporting anyone – or anything for that matter.
Bottom line? If you’re a game time decision on Election Day and were hoping for confirmation of Brady’s endorsement, it looks like you’re out of luck. Although, I can’t help but notice that Trump and Brady do seem to have similar priorities – their egos.