About 113 million people turned on their televisions Sunday night to watch the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51.

Most people had in mind who they were rooting for well in advance. For some, it was their home team.  For others, it was whichever team they disliked least. But this year, some people decided which team to root for based on politics.

How does politics fit into the most watched sporting event in the country? The answer to that is simple: liberal intolerance.

Many of those on the left rooted for the Falcons simply because Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Head Coach Bill Belichick, and Quarterback Tom Brady all have an affiliation with President Donald Trump.  Reporters bombarded Brady with questions about his relationship with Trump, but he repeatedly made it clear he wanted to focus on the game and not discuss politics.

“I’m not talking politics at all because I just want to focus on the positive aspects of this game and my teammates and the reasons why we’re here,” Brady told reporters last week when he was questioned on Trump. “It’s taken a lot of hard work to get to this point and I just want to focus on the positive nature of two great teams competing at the highest level.”

Brady’s answer could not have been better, but he was still heavily criticized by liberals.  Papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post have been running pieces on the so-called tribulations that come from Kraft, Belichick, and Brady supporting President Trump.  Bill Maher explained on his show that he would root for the Falcons over Trump.  Maher even shouted, “Hey Brady, F–K you,” during his rant.

Apparently, in the minds of leftists, you are not allowed to support the President of the United States or have a friendship with him.

Although this is absolutely absurd, it is nothing new. Liberals have meltdowns anytime someone has a different opinion than them. They are constantly offended whenever a conservative speaks their mind. This happens every day on college campuses, so why would it be any different when it comes to the NFL?

Diversity of thought is extremely threatening to liberals.  But athletes, just like everyone else, are entitled to their opinions. The left needs to realize that not everyone will agree with their beliefs, and the right to form and express your own ideas is a part of America’s greatness.

But on the field Sunday night, it didn’t matter who the players voted for, or whether they had an R or D next to their names. The only thing that mattered is that the Patriots staged a massive comeback, and brought the Lombardi Trophy home.