You can't make this stuff up even if you tried.
Somehow the New England Patriots' visit to the White House yesterday got dragged into the ongoing beef between President Trump and The New York Times. And surprise, surprise, the Patriots joined Trump in bashing the newspaper. Makes sense, considering Patriots owner Bob Kraft, coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady all count Trump as a good friend, despite Brady not showing up yesterday.
But the latest trigger for their friction? After the Patriots visited Trump to be honored for their Super Bowl LI victory, the Times posted a Patriots' team photo with then-President Obama from 2015 and a squad pic with Trump from yesterday, showing the former POTUS with a much larger turnout than The Donald's.
Well, that's all it took for the Patriots to clap back and slam the Times, accusing the newspaper of purposely using a photo that showed a thin squad with Trump when over 40 team staff members were seated on the South Lawn and thus weren't shown.
The Times clapped back with a rebuttal of its own and of course Trump exercised his Twitter fingers and had to interject.
In total, for the record, 34 players made the trip to Trump's White House yesterday in comparison to 50 at Obama's White House in 2015. Nevertheless, here's how the Patriots joined the Trump-NY Times beef.
Big difference ... but the Patriots weren't amused.
That would explain the difference.
The Pats were clearly irked.
Hold that, champs!
"Failing @nytimes" ... we feel like he says this every week.
So, in other words, if the Patriots want to attack the Times for the picture it used, OK. But the reality is many players didn't want to be in the presence of Trump. And that's a #FACT.
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