Does Donald Trump have a man crush on Tom Brady?
Trump loves to tweet about Brady, calling him a “friend” and “total winner.” In fact, there might be no one Trump praises as consistently on Twitter.
Thursday proved no exception, as the Republican presidential front-runner enthusiastically congratulated the New England Patriots quarterback on his win in court. (A federal judge threw out Brady’s four-game suspension in the “Deflategate” scandal. The NFL says it will appeal the decision.)
The message was delivered in typical Trump fashion:
The tweet led us to wonder: How much has Trump weighed in on “Deflategate” and Brady’s career in general? The answer is: a lot.
Here is the whole story. It begins in 2012, when Trump congratulated Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, on the birth of their daughter, Vivian:
Just over a month later, Trump congratulated the Patriots on qualifying for their seventh AFC title game:
In November, Trump was elated when the Patriots beat the Denver Broncos despite a 24-0 halftime deficit:
Fast forward to 2015, when Trump retweeted golf pictures with Brady posted by adviser Dan Scavino:
Trump called Brady the “best ever” in February after the Patriots beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX:
May was when things started to heat up at @realDonaldTrump. He defended Brady after the release of the “Deflategate” investigative report:
And again with feeling when the NFL announced it would suspend Brady:
A day later, Trump retweeted a message about Brady visiting him at the White House in the future. He had not yet announced his campaign. Foreshadowing?
Later that day, Trump posted a special Instagram video (#TrumpVlog) encouraging Brady to sue the NFL:
And again, more political foreshadowing:
Trump was still on the case the next day, encouraging Brady again to “sue them … and make lots of $”:
“We love Tom Brady,” Trump tweeted after Patriots owner Robert Kraft chose not to appeal the NFL’s disciplinary measures:
A week later, Trump retweeted another message linking his Brady fandom with his political aspirations:
Trump tweeted a seemingly random Brady quote in a show of support on June 3:
After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady’s suspension in late July, finding that the athlete had destroyed potential evidence, Trump had this to say: