The Patriots’ visit to the White House inspired a familiar social media conflict: Donald Trump vs. The New York Times.
After the Times tweeted two photos comparing the Patriots’ attendance at the White House for visits with Obama in 2015 and Trump on Wednesday, the team added “context” to the photos by noting that football staff were present in the 2015 image.
These photos lack context. Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn. https://t.co/iIYtV0hR6Y
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 20, 2017
On Thursday morning, Trump weighed in on the matter:
Failing @nytimes, which has been calling me wrong for two years, just got caught in a big lie concerning New England Patriots visit to W.H.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2017
The Patriots use the phrase “ignore the noise” so often they have tried to trademark it, but this may have been the rare case when they escalated it by joining the fray on Twitter.
UPDATE: Patriots say # of players was smaller this year than 2015 (34 vs. 50) but total delegation was roughly the same. pic.twitter.com/Ij77Def8z5
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) April 20, 2017