In a conference call with President Trump on Thursday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee asked the president to take more action in securing medical supplies for his state as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the U.S.
When Trump responded to the governors that he was ready to “backup” states in crisis, Inslee interjected with this response:
“We don’t need a backup. We need a Tom Brady."
Um...a Tom Brady is exactly what Washingtonians don't need, Mr. Inslee.
The reference to the six-time Super Bowl champion sent shockwaves through the Seattle community, who were upset the governor chose to use Brady as an example, rather than beloved Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
I did think it was a little ridiculous that Gov. Inslee held up Tom Brady instead of Russell Wilson, but I guess that wasn't going to be the way Trump tried to tackle this one— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) March 26, 2020
Jay Inslee said Trump said his administration was willing to be a "backup" during coronavirus crisis, but Washington Gov. responded "We don't need a backup, we need a Tom Brady."— Janice Hough (@leftcoastbabe) March 27, 2020
Uh, a Tom Brady? Not a Russell Wilson? @Seahawks @DangeRussWilson
BREAKING: Governor of Washington prefers Tom Brady to Russell Wilson https://t.co/ztjl6zgwOM— ShelterInPlacePickle (@sportspickle) March 27, 2020
Day ?? of the coronavirus and we're at the Trump/Inslee/Tom Brady/Russell Wilson portion of the event. https://t.co/HZfw2rjU06— Melissa Luck ☘ (@MelissaKXLY4) March 26, 2020
Inslee later realized he missed the mark, dishing out this save in a post on Twitter.
I would have said Russell Wilson...but no one can be @DangeRussWilson.— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) March 26, 2020
Seahawks fans rejoiced.
If Russ was in charge, we would already have five billion ventilators, eight billion face masks, universal health care, mortgage & student loan cancellations, and checks in the mail to *every* American. And that would be the first day, before lunch. pic.twitter.com/PNecfq2OGO— Chad Perman (@everybody_cares) March 26, 2020
This is the way pic.twitter.com/XeT2KVG1iq— Quintus Haterius (@QuintusHaterius) March 26, 2020
This isn’t the first time the governor has praised Wilson in recent weeks. The Pro Bowl quarterback and his wife, Ciara, recently pledged to donate 1 million meals to the Seattle community during the unprecedented times. Inslee thanked the Wilsons for their generosity.