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Even at 4-7 and on their third starting quarterback, it’s a fun time to be the Washington Football Team.
It beat its rival Dallas on Thanksgiving, demolishing the Cowboys 41-16. It even used a fumblerooski to do it. That all adds up to an improbable lead in the comically putrid NFC East.
So, in the aftermath of Thursday’s win, the person in charge of Washington’s Twitter account decided to have a little fun with the team’s division lead. Attaching a screenshot of the NFC East standings, Washington tweeted “STOP THE COUNT!”
Hours later, the tweet was deleted.
Washington’s since-deleted Trump joke
interesting ... washington football team deleted its "stop the count" tweet pic.twitter.com/MXuGcoBpSc
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) November 27, 2020
It doesn’t take a keen political observer to understand just what Washington was referring to with its tweet, nor does it take a seasoned NFL observer to assume why the team took it down.
Earlier this month, “Stop the count!” became a popular refrain for President Donald Trump and his supporters as multiple swing states tried to count legally cast votes. While Trump held leads in the official ballot counts of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia as the traditional Election Night ended, those counts included a disproportionately low amount of votes from overwhelmingly Democratic cities as well as mail-in votes that also skewed left.
Because counting those remaining ballots — which, again, were cast legally — was slowly chipping away at Trump’s chances of re-election, Trump started demanding that the ballots stop being counted. Just like a football team would want to stop playing games if it suddenly held an improbable division lead.
STOP THE COUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020
Trump’s team has since filed multiple lawsuits and legal challenges to either stop the count or throw out legal votes, nearly every single of which has gone nowhere in court. Joe Biden remains the President-elect, and Trump has said he will indeed leave office if the Electoral College votes him out on Dec. 14.
Given that the NFL tries to avoid nearly any unnecessary foray into politics, you can imagine that Washington’s higher-ups didn’t appreciate a tweet mocking an outgoing president.
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