The Washington Football Team wasn't given much of a chance against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Saturday night's NFC wild-card game. That was especially true with the unproven Taylor Heinicke under center.
The 27-year-old quarterback was playing in place of the injured Alex Smith, and while he wasn't able to lead his team to victory, he performed a lot better than people expected. One play in particular—in which he evaded a sack and stretched out into the end zone for a touchdown—turned heads.
Though Washington ultimately lost, Heinicke was showered with praise from his peers for what was a gutsy performance.
Regardless of the outcome what a great game by Heinicke!
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) January 10, 2021
My hats off to Taylor. You made us proud.
— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) January 10, 2021
Heinicke gets to play football next year after that performance. Hell, he’ll get a signing bonus. #heinicke
— Charlie Whitehurst (@cwhitey6) January 10, 2021
And while the Heinicke lovefest was strong in some corners of the internet, other corners unearthed his pro-Trump political views, and well, you can guess how that turned out.
Damn dog, Heineken hit Defund The Police wit the Spongebob meme pic.twitter.com/AEiF6oURdk
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) January 10, 2021
The excerpts you see above originated from an August 2020 piece examining Heinicke's long history of supporting Trump, and his questionable stance on the protests over social injustice that swept the nation last year. Once people online caught wind of Heinicke's particular views, the honeymoon for some, was over.
Never forget that time Taylor Heinicke and I had a debate about Trump and he told me that $10 an hour was a livable wage, and then argued that being trump wasn’t a racist, just not politically correct https://t.co/QHIQrIzzGd pic.twitter.com/TdgLInyAtK
— rev ev. black lives matter (@ESieges) January 9, 2021
We can’t have a SINGLE GOOD THING. Heinicke loves the Trump pal. 🤢
— Kervephant 🐘 (@OutsiderKervin) January 10, 2021
That Heinicke a PROUD BOY Trump Supporter!!
Every tweet and cheer and I had for this man, I take back. FOH!
— IBeJoanin 🤷🏾♂️ (@CooleyHigh40_) January 10, 2021
Rooted against Trumps’s friend Brady all night just to find out Taylor Heinicke is MAGA trash as well pic.twitter.com/ZYxSRUjh5q
— Avin Das (@JimmySparkles) January 10, 2021