President Donald Trump is picking the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl by eight points over “the other team.”
Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly sat down with Trump earlier this week for an interview that aired shortly before the Super Bowl. The majority of the interview focused on Trump’s perspective on Mexico, Iran and Trump’s refugee orders. In the waning moments, though, O’Reilly pressed Trump for his Super Bowl prediction.
“I like [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft, I like Coach [Bill] Belichick. Tom Brady is my friend,” Trump said, continuing a theme in which he claims a connection to several Patriots notables even as they seek to distance themselves from him. Trump added, “They’re taking a lot of heat, but they’re also getting a lot of popularity” for their association with him, neglecting to mention that seven Super Bowls can make a team pretty popular all on its own.
As for the Patriots’ opponent? Trump didn’t mention the Atlanta Falcons by name. “I think the other team’s a great team, he turned out to be a great quarterback,” Trump said, referring to newly crowned MVP Matt Ryan. “They’re both fantastic teams.”
In his prediction, Trump took the Patriots by 8.
“Once you’ve done it, there’s a lot less pressure,” he said. “And you have to stick up for your friends, right?”
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