President Trump Defends Redskins Name

Chris Lingebach
July 06, 2020 - 7:16 pm

President Donald Trump has weighed in on the Redskins name controversy, tweeting his support for the name on Monday.

"They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness, but now the Washington Redskins & Cleveland Indians, two fabled sports franchises, look like they are going to be changing their names in order to be politically correct," the president tweeted. "Indians, like Elizabeth Warren, must be very angry right now!"

Consider President Trump diametrically opposed to his White House predecessor on the issue. In Oct. 2013, President Barack Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press that, if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would "think about changing" the name.

"I don't know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things," Obama said, also noting that team names like Redskins offend "a sizable group of people."

The Redskins in recent days have lost support from major retailers as the decades-long controversy got stirred up again last week. Nike, Target and Walmart have all stopped selling Redskins-themed merchandise on their online stores.

In response to the onslaught of criticism, the Redskins announced Friday they would "undergo a thorough review" of their team name.

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