Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that the Washington Redskins' team name is not offensive during a radio interview on SiriusXM's "The Arena" (video below).
During the interview, which will air in full on Oct. 2, Bush stated:
I don't think it should change it. But that's, again, I don't think politicians ought to be having any say about that to be honest with you. I don't find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don't find it offensive.
We had a similar kind of flap with FSU if you recall, the Seminoles, and the Seminole tribe itself kind of came to the defense of the university and it subsided.
It's just, it's a sport for crying out loud. It's a football team. I mean it's, Washington has a huge fan base, I just, I don't, I'm missing something here I guess.
The Hill reports that Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, gave $100,000 to Right to Rise, a super-PAC that supports Bush’s candidacy.
According to TIME, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who is the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, slammed Bush on Sept. 30 in a statement:
Jeb Bush’s support of the Washington football team’s name and mascot is extremely insulting to Native American people and is one of many reasons he will not earn the Native American vote.
The team’s name is a racial slur that perpetuates negative stereotypes of Native American people, and reduces proud cultures to an insulting caricature.