Hillary Clinton says ‘there’s no reason’ for the Redskins to keep their name

(Gero Breloer / AP)

At this point, any time a prominent Democratic politician is asked about the Redskins name, you would have to assume that politician will strongly advocate a name change for Washington’s NFL franchise. This position would still put them at odds with most Americans, according to polls. But after 50 U.S. Senators, the president, the attorney general, the secretary of education and the House minority leader all come out against the name, it would seem that among national Democratic leaders, there’s something of a consensus.

And so, Hillary Clinton.

“Almost 50 Democratic Senators sent a letter to the NFL saying that Redskins is a racial slur. Do you agree?” Fusion’s Jorge Ramos asked, in a clip set to air this week.

“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,” the former secretary of state and likely presidential candidate replied. “I would love to see the owners think hard about what they could…”

“Any suggestions? Any different names?” Ramos interjected.

“No. No. I haven’t thought a lot about that,” Hillary Clinton said.

Will this be a debate question in presidential primaries? I don’t think that would be surprising, anyhow.

(Via @Jordanfabian)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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