We already knew that Donald Trump was pals with Tom Brady. Trump has been an outspoken (go figure) defender of the Patriots quarterback during the DeflateGate saga, and he has said that Brady has won him “a lot of matches” as a golf partner.
On Monday, Trump told a Boston radio show, “Tom Brady likes me and I like Tom Brady.” Naturally, that call-in appearance came as part of the presidential candidate’s efforts to drum up support in the primary held Tuesday in Massachusetts, and Trump received some extra support from the Patriots in that regard.
No less a member of the New England organization than owner Robert Kraft had words of praise for Trump on Monday. “While I am not comfortable discussing politics publicly, I am very comfortable talking about my friendships with people who happen to be in politics,” Kraft told the Boston Globe.
“After my wife passed in 2011, [Trump] was one of the few people who went out of their way and went above and beyond to assist me through the most difficult time in my life,” Kraft said. “I will always be grateful to him for his thoughtfulness and his continued friendship.”
Kraft added that he and Trump “have had a lot of fun together socially, including a very memorable evening in 2005 when I had the privilege of being at his and Melania’s wedding.” The Patriots owner said that Trump has been “a very close friend” for the past two decades.
So there you have it. Kraft may not have officially endorsed Trump, but the identity of his preferred presidential candidate seems fairly clear.
Interestingly, Kraft might never have become owner of the Patriots if Trump had followed through on a chance to purchase the team in 1988. Instead, the real estate mogul decided that the $104 million in debt he reportedly would also have had to assume was too great a financial risk to take, so he passed.
In retrospect, that wasn’t the greatest business decision Trump has ever made, although it’s entirely possible that the other NFL owners would never have let him join their club, anyway, given his central role in a lawsuit the USFL filed against the league in 1986. However, it appears that Trump will always be welcome at Patriots games, in Kraft’s luxury suite.