'Trump Loves the Cowboys' Banner Flies in Crucial Swing State Pennsylvania as Voters Cast Ballots

In Pennsylvania, some people are trying to sway potential President Donald Trump voters by playing on the Philadelphia Eagles' rivalry, with the Dallas Cowboys, flying a "Trump [Loves] Jerry Jones & the Cowboys" banner circling around Philadelphia.

This plane is currently circling Philadelphia with a banner that says "TRUMP <3'S JERRY JONES & THE COWBOYS" pic.twitter.com/jSWaNnqJym

— Travis Hughes (@_travishughes) November 3, 2020

Is this the best political ad in Philadelphia history?

(someone's flying a plane around Philly that says Trump loves the Cowboys 🤣)https://t.co/UaQYfQjo71

— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) November 3, 2020

The timing for the sign could not be better for trying to appeal to Pennsylvania football fans, as the Eagles demolished the Cowboys with a 23-9 victory on Sunday, and the Cowboys will face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

According to The Philly Voice, a group called Rural America 2020 has taken credit for the sign.

Best photo of our
TRUMP ♥️S JERRY JONES & THE COWBOYS aerial banner flying over Philly today. #PhillyVotes #vote pic.twitter.com/LYPik4Unx7

— Rural America 2020 (@RuralUSA2020) November 3, 2020

While the sign seems to mostly be a silly plan to mock Trump-supporting Eagles/Steelers fans and convince them to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden rather than risk their loyalty to the Birds or Steelers, there are some aspects of truth to the sign. According to CBS Sports, the president had the opportunity to buy the Texas team for $50 million in 1984. The Cowboys are now worth an estimated $4.8 billion. At the time, he purchased the United States Football League's New Jersey Generals, for an estimated $8-9 million, The New York Times reported at the time.

Trump told The Times in 1984 that he didn't believe that buying the Cowboys would be profitable. "I could have bought an NFL club for $40 million or $50 million, but it's established and you would just see it move laterally. Not enough to create there," he said.

He also expressed skepticism about the Dallas team. "I feel sorry for the poor guy who is going to buy the Dallas Cowboys. It's a no-win situation for him, because if he wins, well, so what, they've won through the years, and if he loses, which seems likely because they're having troubles, he'll be known to the world as a loser," he said to The Times.

Aside from almost buying the Cowboys, Trump has publicly said that he's been in touch with Jones since becoming president. In 2017, he said that he'd spoken to him about players kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest. Trump wrote that Jones would "BENCH players who disrespect our Flag."

Spoke to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017

A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag."Stand for Anthem or sit for game!"

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017

In September, USA Today reported that Jones had lightened his stance, asking fans to respect the diverse opinions of the team as more players spoke out on social issues. "The flag is a symbol of [the best of America]. We also recognize the times we're in and the need for social justice," he said. "There will be no angst between me and the players. And no angst between me and the fans."

According to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jones showed support for Trump after discussing the president's positive COVID-19 diagnosis during an early October radio appearance. "No one in the world has the ability to handle this COVID any better than the office of the President of the United States," he said. "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. 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."

Rural America 2020 and press contacts for the Trump campaign did not respond to Newsweek's emailed requests for comment in time for publication.

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A screenshot of a photo of the "Trump [hearts] Jerry Jones & the Cowboys" banner, shared by Rural America 2020 on Twitter. Screenshot/Twitter/Rural America 2020