Clint Didier releases statement on Hillary Clinton, the Redskins name and Benghazi


(Frank Franklin II / AP)

Whatever your feelings on the Redskins name issue, I trust you agree with me that we all knew it was inevitable that a former Redskins tight end turned Congressional candidate would one day release a statement about Hillary Clinton, the team’s name, Benghazi, and alfalfa.

Sure enough, Clint Didier this week released a statement about Hillary Clinton, the team’s name, Benghazi and alfalfa. This was in response to Clinton’s brief remarks on the name during a recent interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, in which she said the team’s name is “insensitive,” but admitted she hadn’t thought much about possible alternatives.

Well, Didier didn’t like that.

I’m going to reprint Didier’s statement here in full:

“I’m just flabbergasted that Hillary Clinton now thinks she’s the expert on what’s insensitive. But if she has suddenly become the Miss Manners of politics, then maybe now she’s willing to publicly apologize for HER OWN insensitive remarks. Like saying ‘What difference does it make?’ when she testified before Congress about the attacks in Benghazi.

“She says the Redskins owners need to think hard about the name. I just have to wonder if she thinks long and hard about her own insensitive remarks – like that she can relate to the problems of most Americans because her family was ‘dead broke.’ Really?

“She does admit that she ‘hasn’t thought much about’ the Redskins, but apparently still feels the need to spout an opinion about it anyway. Maybe that’s why people don’t trust politicians – because they don’t THINK about what they say.

“Well I have thought about it lot – for 7 years when I played with the Redskins. And I knew it was a name meant to honor the Native Americans who were part of the early history of the team. We all wore the name proudly on our uniforms. Check out www.RedskinsFacts.com.

“This whole ‘name-calling’ thing is so hypocritical. A reporter at the liberal ‘Seattle Weekly’ recently took a jab at me the people of my district, calling us ‘rednecks’ and me ‘Chief Redneck’’ – but no one called him out about that. Can you say ‘hypocrisy?’ (FYI –No matter how he meant it, I choose to take it as a compliment – that I’m a hard-working farmer who gets his hands dirty every day.)

“But I won’t be sitting around holding my breath waiting for either Ms. Clinton’s or his apologies. I have alfalfa to bale tonight.”

Now, you might be thinking “once a Congressional candidate has released a statement on Hillary Clinton, the team’s name, Benghazi and alfalfa, there probably isn’t a lot that hasn’t been said.”

But you’re probably wrong, because you probably haven’t seen this recent issue of the “Broadneck Baloney,” a jokey advertising-type publication in Anne Arundel County that published this ad from Annapolis’s Bella’s Liquor. Reader John was kind enough to send along an image.

(Via Reader John)
(Via Reader John)
Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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