Columnist Theorizes Tom Brady’s Friendly Appearance With President Biden Had A “Wounding Effect” On Donald Trump

Awww. His feelings are hurt.

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Earlier today, we reported on the seemingly friendly demeanor between NFL star Tom Brady and President Biden when Joe invited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star to the White House to commemorate their Super Bowl LV with an event held on the South Lawn. Despite Brady’s formerly chummy relationship with Donald Trump, he and President Biden even appeared to exchange a few jokes at the ex-president’s expense — mostly with regard to Trump’s incessant lies about the 2020 presidential election.

“Not a lot of people think that we could’ve won,” Brady quipped at one point during the White House event. “In fact, I think about 40% of the people still don’t think we won.”

To which President Biden responded, “I understand that,” a clear reference to Trump’s baseless conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 election.


Frankly, we had a good feeling that Donald would certainly be left with some hurt feelings when he caught wind of the news. And now, one columnist has already theorized the “wounding effect” Trump is almost undoubtedly suffering right about now.

NYMag columnist Johnathan Chait penned an op-ed this afternoon in which he noted that for Trump to have seen Brady, who he’s enjoyed a “special obsession” with that “goes back years,” chumming it up with President Joe Biden at his expense almost assuredly had a “wounding effect” on the guy who still can’t get over his own loss.

“In Trump’s mind, the two men were parallels to each other: both Winners, and natural companions on the basis of their mastery of their respective fields,” Chait writes in his piece. “‘He’s a friend of mine, he’s a great guy, and he’s a great athlete obviously, but he’s a winner,’ Trump told TMZ in 2016. ‘I think Tom is totally innocent. I think Tom is — first of all, I know him, he’s such an honorable guy, and I’m with him all the way.’ Trump has repeatedly expressed his regret that he ‘could have had Tom Brady’ as his son-in-law, rather than the nerdy Jared Kushner.”

Chait goes on to argue that Brady’s White House visit and the election jokes between the two likely had the effect of “inverting the whole hierarchy” in Trump’s mind.

The columnist writes, “Biden is the winner, like Brady, and Winners now are guys who get called sleepy by the Losers for making a small mistake on the way to their triumph.”

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