Washington Football Team Mocks Trump with 'Stop the Count' Tweet

The Washington Football Team poked fun at President Donald Trump after taking the lead in the NFC East following a resounding win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.

Washington routed the Cowboys 41-16 in Arlington, Texas, to improve to 4-7 and temporarily take the lead in the division, while the Cowboys slumped to 3-8 and are now bottom of the NFC East.

The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants are sandwiched between the two at 3-6-1 and 3-7 respectively, having played one fewer game than Washington and Dallas.

With five weeks left in the regular season, Washington is in pole position to win a first divisional title since 2015 but the franchise cheekily suggested it would be better if the season ended now.

The team's official Twitter account shared a picture of the NFC East standings and captioned it "STOP THE COUNT!" referencing Trump's request to stop counting votes in the presidential election earlier this month.

STOP THE COUNT! pic.twitter.com/skqXkAWK0u

— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) November 27, 2020

"STOP THE COUNT!" the president tweeted on November 5, two days after Election Day, demanding ballots ceased being tallied and suggesting any votes that arrived after November 3 should not count. His request came after he had prematurely declared victory a day earlier, when he also called for vote counting to be stopped.

"We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find any ballots at four o'clock in the morning and add them to the list," he said on November 4.

The Trump campaign has launched lawsuits in several states calling for votes to stop being counted and questioning the legitimacy of Joe Biden's victory.

Neither Trump nor his campaign have provided any evidence corroborating their claims and the majority of lawsuits have since been thrown out, while the transition process to the Biden administration began this week.

Much as was the case for Trump, unfortunately for Washington the count will not stop. The dismal state of the NFC East this season—its cumulative 13-28-1 has it on track to become the worst division in NFL history—has made for an entertaining playoff race, with plenty more twists and turns potentially in store over the next five weeks.

While Washington is currently on a two-game winning streak, it has the eighth-hardest remaining schedule in the NFL—as calculated by their opponents' combined winning percentage so far this season.

Washington has a road game against the still undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers coming up next week, followed by a trip to San Francisco and back-to-back home games against the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers, before a road game against the Eagles in Week 17.

The picture is even less encouraging for Philadelphia, whose hopes of retaining its divisional title have been dealt a blow by consecutive losses in the past two weeks.

The Eagles have the fifth-hardest remaining schedule in the league. Aside from NFC East matchups against Dallas and Washington, they still face trips to Green Bay and Arizona, as well as home games against the Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints.

Four of the Giants' remaining games are against teams in the thick of the playoff race—the Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens—while the other two are against the Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals who have just lost first overall draft pick Joe Burrow for the season to an ACL injury.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, have the second-easiest remaining schedule in the NFL with games against the Giants and the Eagles, plus the Bengals and a banged-up 49ers.

The 6-4 Ravens, who the Cowboys face on the road in Week 13, are the only team with a winning record left on the schedule for Dallas.

Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team
Antonio Gibson #24 of the Washington Football Team celebrates with Terry McLaurin #17, Chase Roullier #73 and Morgan Moses #76 after rushing for a 23-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 26 in Arlington, Texas. Washington won 41-16. Tom Pennington/Getty