Donald Trump: ‘Leave Tom Brady Alone’

Trump defended his favorite QB in Rhode Island.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, and businessman Donald Trump, right, applaud on the field before an NFL football game between the Patriots and the New York Jets in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Speaking at a rally in Warwick, Rhode Island, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump defended his pal Tom Brady.

Shortly after a federal appeals court reinstated the New England Patriots quarterback’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate, Trump took the stage and did his best Chris Crocker impression.

“Let’s start by saying leave Tom Brady alone,” Trump said to thunderous applause. “Leave him alone.”

Pandering to Pats fans is nothing new for Trump this election season. While his opponents, like Sen. Marco Rubio, scorned Patriots Nation, Trump has missed no opportunity to let everyone know how tight he is with Brady.

But if he wants to lock up the Republican nomination in a timely fashion, he may want to tone down the Brady defense outside of New England.

Brady drew criticism for prominently displaying one of Trump’s red “Make America Great Again” hats in his locker say it would be great if the real estate mogul won the presidency. Last month, Brady reportedly surfaced in voicemails hacked from Trump’s phone, in which he refers to himself as “your favorite quarterback.”

Trump nearly bought the Patriots in 1988, and has since boasted that current owner Bob Kraft would publicly endorse him if asked.