It seems completely reasonable that on Election Day, hopefully the final 24 hours of Donald Trump’s candidacy, we’re wasting our time dissecting some bulls—t that Trump said at one of his final rallies. Trump spent the last 24 hours barnstorming (if you want to call it that) the swing states and making wild, outlandish claims. He whined about rigged systems, he threatened to throw all of his real or perceived enemies in jail, he spewed some racism, and of course, he talked about how great he is (and how America is a hellhole). It seems like Trump was still pretty mad that Hillary Clinton got endorsements from cool people like Beyonce, Jay-Z, LeBron James and Bruce Springsteen. So Trump decided to make one of his final campaign speeches about how Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have secretly endorsed him. Because why not? Sure.
Donald Trump spent the weekend grumbling about superstars like Jay Z and Beyonce endorsing Hillary Clinton, but now it’s her turn to jealously ramble about her opponent’s celebrity supporters at every campaign stop. On the eve of the election, Trump announced that he’s received glowing, last-minute endorsements from the greatest sports figures on the planet (to New England voters, at least).
“Tom Brady, great guy, great guy. Great guy, great friend of mine — great, great champion. Unbelievable winner,” Trump told the crowd at a Monday night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. “He called today and he said, ‘Donald, I support you, you’re my friend, and I voted for you.’ And I said, ‘So Tom. You voted for me, you support me, am I allowed to say it tonight at this massive crowd in New Hampshire?’ He said, ‘If you want to say it, you can say it.’ Okay? Tom, that’s what a champ is all about.”
The crowd roared at the mention of the New England Patriots quarterback – but there’s more! Trump revealed that while sitting on his plane today, his aides handed him a letter from the team’s coach, Bill Belichick. Trump said he asked if he could read the letter at his rally, and Belichick asked to reword it. Trump expected the coach to tone down his praise, but instead, “it was much better, it was stronger.” He read the revised letter in its entirety:
“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. Bill Belichick”
It would not surprise me in the least if Tom Brady is supporting Trump and voting for him, although there’s some evidence to suggest that Brady doesn’t understand the concept of going to the polls and actually casting a ballot – he was asked yesterday if he voted early and he said no, but he was also unclear about when he should vote (hint: today). As for Bill Belichick, the Patriots’ coach… sports writers were saying on Twitter that the “letter” Trump read sounds nothing like Belichick, and that Belichick has actually quietly supported (BIGLY) progressive/liberal candidates and causes for years. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Incidentally, we are going to do an Open Post later this evening for Election Night! We’ll have updates as information comes in, and I think everyone hopes that this sh-t gets wrapped up quickly. We’ll also have full coverage tomorrow!
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