Hillary Clinton: Redskins name 'insensitive,' 'there's no reason' for team to keep it
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 06:16 pm
WASHINGTON (POLITICO) -- Hillary Clinton says the Washington Redskins need a name change.
“I think it’s insensitive and I think that there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital,” Clinton said during an interview on Tuesday with Jorge Ramos of Fusion TV, who asked her if she thought the name was a “racial slur.”
“I would love to see the owners think hard about what they could substitute,” she added.
Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six federal trademarks of the team name because it was found to be “disparaging” to Native Americans. The decision has put more pressure on team owner Daniel Snyder — who has vowed he won’t change the name — to move on the issue.
Clinton is the latest political figure to suggest the D.C. team change its name. In May, 50 senators — 48 Democrats and two independents — wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to urge the league to change the name. “The N.F.L. can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” the letter read. The letter was not circulated among Republicans.
The NFL shot down the letter later that day, saying the team wants to portray a “strong, positive and respectful image” with the name.
Last October, President Barack Obama said the nickname offends “a sizable group of people” and that if he were the owner, he would “think about changing it.” And earlier this month, Attorney General Eric Holder said he thought the name should be dropped, calling it “offensive.”
When Ramos asked Clinton if she had any suggestions for a new name, the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate laughed and said she hadn’t thought of any alternatives.