As he has a knack for doing, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the things the politically correct crowd doesn’t want Americans to hear.
Things like many Native Americans view the NFL’s Washington Redskins as a source of pride.
“I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name,” Trump told The New York Times Monday. “They think it’s a positive.”
And well they should, considering the team proudly acknowledges the year they adopted the Redskins name — 1932 — four players and the head coach were Native Americans and that the name “was never a label,” but a “badge of honor.” Native Americans also helped designed the current Redskins logo.
The football team has been under fire for several years from the left, including President Barack Obama and a select group of Native Americans, who insist the name is a racial slur and should be changed.
But don’t count Trump among that crowd.
“Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to,” he said.
That’s not likely to happen, as Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has stood strong in face of the controversy, insisting that he will keep the Redskins’s name and logo.
Fellow GOP contender Jeb Bush took a similar stance last week as Trump — though Snyder has donated $100,000 to the super-PAC supporting Bush’s campaign, according to The Hill.
In a radio interview aired Friday, Bush said he didn’t think the team should change its name, saying, “I don’t find it offensive.”
“Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive. It’s a sport, for crying out loud,” he added. “It’s a football team. Washington has a huge fan base. I’m missing something here, I guess.”
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