Two of the Patriots’ biggest names stirred the political pot during the 2016 presidential elections by showing support for President-elect Donald Trump, and it’s causing some issues for Pats fans in Massachusetts and across America.
Quarterback Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick have publically supported Trump on more than one occasion. Brady referred to Trump as his “friend” and said it would be “great” if he won, and at a press conference refused to condemn Trump’s degrading comments about women, in which PEOTUS advocated for grabbing women “by the p***y.” Brady also keeps a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker.
“Tom Brady is a great friend of mine,” Trump said in an interview with The New York Times. “He’s a winner and he likes winners.”
Belichick’s girlfriend Linda Holliday posted a picture of the two of them with Trump during the offseason, and Belichick allegedly sent a letter to Trump in support of his campaign.
Trump read from the alleged letter at a campaign rally in New Hampshire.
“Congratulations on a tremendous campaign. You have dealt with an unbelievably slanted and negative media, and have come out beautifully. Hopefully, tomorrow’s election results will give the opportunity to make America great again.”
Belichick also discussed Trump at a Patriots press conference saying, “My comments are not politically motivated. I have a friendship and loyalty to Donald.”
For some Patriots supporters, these subtle endorsements don’t sit well with their political outlooks, considering the fact that every county in Massachusetts turned blue in the 2016 election, with just 33.5 percent of the votes statewide going to Trump.
Most black communities have an unpopular opinion of the president-elect because of his history with discrimination, exacerbated over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend by his attacks on Rep. John Lewis, a prominent civil rights icon in Congress.
Trump is entering office with a historically low approval rating, which came in at 44 percent, with 51 percent of respondents disapproving of him, according to Gallup polling. For comparison, President Obama had a high 83 percent approval rating, with only 12 percent of respondents disapproving.