Over the weekend Donald Trump launched a desperate last ditch bid to give himself a second term in office by… giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Wait that can’t be right, and yet it really did happen.
Except now it’s not happening. ESPN’s Adam Schefter just posted this statement from Bill Belichick, turning down the Medal of Freedom:
Patriots’ HC Bill Belichick will not be traveling to Washington nor accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he announced today. pic.twitter.com/uvLLigFlHU
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2021
In citing last week’s U.S. Capitol domestic terrorist attack as the reason for turning down the award, Belichick seems to be acknowledging that Trump was merely trying to give him the award as a way of distracting from Trump’s role in the attack. Notably, Belichick was a Trump supporter in the 2016 election.
You can interpret the statement however you like. But the bottom line is that Trump can’t even get football coaches to accept an award from him anymore. He’s that radioactive.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report