The Trump campaign celebrated the president leaving the hospital days after his COVID-19 diagnosis with a meme featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football.
The 20-second clip, tweeted Monday night, shows President Trump’s head photoshopped on 49ers rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk as he hurdled over Eagles defender Marcus Epps to score a touchdown in the 1st quarter of Sunday’s game. A COVID-19 picture is photoshopped over Epps’ head.
While the clip was likely meant to symbolize Trump beating the virus, there may have been more to the message given the recent feud between the president and Philly. Last week, Trump’s campaign sued Philadelphia over city officials preventing campaign representatives from watching people registering to vote or filling out mail-in ballots in satellite election offices throughout the city.
But election lawyers, city officials and the state’s top elections official all say that there is no right under Pennsylvania law, even for a certified poll watcher, to watch people do things like register to vote or fill out a mail-in ballot.
Days before the lawsuit, Trump referred to the incident during last week’s debate with Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, saying “bad things happen in Philadelphia.”
Whatever the intent of the tweet was, some Twitter users who replied pointed out something that the meme creator may have overlooked. The Eagles ended up winning Sunday’s game.