Football fans in Philadelphia got a sign from above on Election Day — with flying banners urging them to vote against President Trump due to his affinity for the Dallas Cowboys.
A group called Rural America 2020 went deep into its political playbook Tuesday and flew two banners across the City of Brotherly Love, including one that highlighted Trump’s purported preference for the Dallas franchise known as “America’s team” and its outspoken owner, Jerry Jones.
“DONALD TRUMP [LOVES] JERRY JONES AND THE COWBOYS,” one banner read.
The banner — along with a second that urged people to “VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT” — did not go unnoticed in Philly, where the Cowboys are nearly universally reviled by the city’s fervent sports fans.
“This is one of the most brilliant things I’ve ever seen!” one sports fan wrote on Twitter.
Another Philly fan leaned into the sports and politics mashup, suggesting that Rural America could’ve also claimed Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz “makes excellent decisions” when throwing downfield.
The banner was even a hit with some Cowboys fans, including one who claimed that Trump and Jones do indeed have a “love affair.”
“I’m a diehard Cowboys fan and I love this!” another Dallas fan tweeted.
Jones and Trump have had a “friendly relationship” for a long time, but the 78-year-old Cowboys owner has hesitated to voice his support out of fear of showing political favoritism or alienating the team’s vast national fanbase, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported last month.
However, Jones swallowed his reservations after Trump contracted COVID-19, telling a local radio station in early October that he wanted to “express my sensitivity and concern” for the commander-in-chief while lauding his work ethic, the newspaper reported.
“I’m very confident that he’ll be able to continue governing and really, really, I’m sure that he has anticipated this, knowing him,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “He’s the hardest worker you’ve ever seen. Knowing him, he’ll be able to go right on through and hopefully not miss a beat.”
A firm linked to Jones that’s registered at the same address as the Dallas Cowboys, Glenstone LP, donated more than $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee, the Houston Chronicle reported, citing data from the Federal Election Commission.
Meanwhile, the group responsible for the banners works to “highlight misguided policies that have left rural communities behind,” according to its website.
“Trump’s policies have devastated rural America,” the nonprofit group’s Twitter profile reads. “Our campaign is exposing the rural economic crisis.”