Last Friday, Redskins President Bruce Allen sent a letter to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) defending the team’s name, calling it “respectful” toward Native Americans. Several players tweeted their approval of Allen’s response over the weekend, and  on Thursday, the team called upon fans to do the same.

The team also e-mailed fans a request to contact Reid. The responses came fast and furious. And while the early responses on Twitter seemed evenly divided between supporters and opposition, the #RedskinsPride hashtag soon attracted hundreds of jokes about the team’s on-field performance and complaints about the team’s stance.

“From our perspective, what we saw [on Twitter] was just overwhelming opposition,” said Faiz Shakir, Reid’s digital director. “It’s really made our day.”

The Facebook pages of both Reid and the Redskins, meanwhile, were filled with comments supporting the team name.

Either way, the hashtag “RedskinsPride” soon became the top tag both nationally and in the Washington region.

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