Patriot's Star Stays Home For White House Visit, Real Reason Invitation Was Declined Revealed

Last week, the New England Patriots went to visit the White House and meet President Trump. While some reports tried to imply no one showed up, team member attendance was comparable to previous visits. One football star did sit out the visit, and it wasn't because he had other plans. He wanted to make it clear it was because he had no interest in shaking the hand of the president.

Alan Branch, defensive tackle for the Patriots, opted out of the White House visit because he still can't get over the sexist remarks the president made in private 12 years ago.

During the election, controversy swirled when an old audio recording of Trump was released to the public. Trump, then a businessman and reality star, was about to be interviewed by Access Hollywood. Trump was in a trailer talking to then-host Billy Bush privately, boasting about pursuing women. He mentioned that if you're a celebrity, you could grab women 'by the p-ssy' if you want, and no one will do anything.

Trump didn't realize he was wired and the wire was on. The lewd comments nearly cost Trump the election, and he apologized for his 'locker room talk'. “As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape,” said Trump.

The 32-year-old football player can't get past the sexist comments. Branch told Don Lemon on CNN, "It's disgusting the way that he talks about women and I just can't deal with it and that's why I have no interest in going and shaking his hand," he said. "I've got to go back home and look my daughters in the eye, and I don't want them to view me in a different light just because I did that."

Branch was not a Trump supporter in the election, and to this day is stunned that the former real estate mogul won. "I don't understand still to this day, especially with how many women went out there and voted for him," he said. "I'm a man, and I was sickened by that and it still happened. Everybody has their free choice of who they wanted, but that's not a person I want to represent me even though he is. He is President of the United States. He happens to represent me, but I'm not going to go out of my way to go meet the guy when I don't have to."

Source: Mail Online
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