Republican nominee Donald Trump is very fond of pretending he has more support than he does. Pandering to New England Patriots fans today in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump today announced that legendary quarterback Tom Brady voted for him and that he’d received a “letter” from Coach Bill Belichick.
Brady has already revealed in a radio interview that he has not voted yet. A fan asked his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, on social media whether or not they were supporting Trump: “Gisele I heard you and tom were backing Trump! Is that true??”
But it does appear that the letter from Belichick was in fact from him, as confirmed by CSN-NE. He did not intend for it to be read aloud, however, but that’s what you get for sending evidence of your support to a volatile maniac like Trump.
This is not likely to improve the popularity of the Patriots, who are almost universally reviled outside of New England for their tendencies to bend the rules and for their frustratingly consistent dominance. But at least Ms. Bündchen has her priorities straight – and as Slate’s Jordan Weissman remarked, “I imagine that in the Brady-Bundchen household, what Gisele says goes.”
Belichick’s letter to Trump – or at least the version Trump read at the rally – is as follows:
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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.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.