On his weekly spot on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan, Patriots QB Tom Brady was going through his normal routine of navigating around the questioning of his association with President Donald Trump. Brady, most recently associated with Trump for an alleged phone call congratulating the President on his victory, answered host Gerry Callahan by talking about positivity.
“I’m a pretty positive person, so I don’t want to create any distractions for our team and so forth,” Brady said. “I just try and stay positive and actually this world could use a little more positivity. Everything’s not great in this world and everything is not great in life. But if you try and take a positive approach … I try to do that.”
After seemingly being let off the hook with questioning, Brady had a question of his own about the infatuation with his friendship.
“Why does everybody make such a big deal? I don’t understand it,” he said about the Trump friendship. “(…)I don’t want to get into it, but if you know someone it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do. You have a lot of friends in your life. I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.”
It was an interesting look into Brady’s loyalty, while also seeming to imply he does not agree with certain things about Trump. The quote caught fire on the internet, prompting a NY Daily News article skewering Brady for his friendship, where Seth Walder wrote “If you’re friends with Trump, you’re friends with racism, bigotry and misogyny.”
While I agree with the fact that Trump has been all of those things throughout his campaign and into his first days in office, I do not believe that this makes Brady racist, bigoted and misogynistic.
Brady seems to clearly state above that he is a positive person and tries to see the best in each person. In this instance, it is clear that he is aware of Trump’s vast list of faults and disagrees with a lot that has come out about him. However, he still is clearly loyal to the President because of past personal experiences in his private dealings, circling back to his point about positivity. While it may always be a hot button issue, I don’t think Brady should have to rid Trump from his life. He should continue to do what he did here, stay positive and continuing to give insight to his beliefs that he doesn’t agree with everything Trump says and does.