As President Trump finds new ways to surprise the world during his last few days of his first term, one of the intended recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom is telling the Commander in Chief not to bother.
Just days after a massive crowd of Trump supporters violently stormed the US Capitol, opinions about President Trump are souring in many parts of the country. Americans aren’t certain that the Commander in Chief has done all that he could to prevent the action, and he certainly hasn’t seemed to fully condemn the insurrection either, leading many to question just why that is.
And, in a society where cancel culture is a driving force, there are plenty of folks looking to distance themselves from Trump.
Count New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick among them.
“Recently, I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients. Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award,” he said in a statement.
“Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team. One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions. Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and county I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.”
Trump had several President Medals of Freedom slated to be awarded during these final days of his first term, but the extenuating circumstances of his coming impeachment could derail some or all of them.