Bernie knows socialism. Football? Not so much.
Vermont’s junior senator described the Washington Redskins as a “good” football team with a bad name addressing an audience in Arizona late last week.
“Washington has a very good football team but it doesn’t have to be called the Redskins,” Bernie Sanders said in Flagstaff at a Navajo casino. Arizona’s Democrats pick between Hillary Clinton and Sanders on Tuesday.
Although the Redskins went 9-7 last season, losing a Wild Card game to the Green Bay Packers, they last won a postseason game during the George H.W. Bush Administration, when Senator Sanders went by Congressman Sanders. The 2015 winning season, coming during one of the weakest years for the NFC East in recent memory, marked the third such “good” (above .500) campaign in the last decade.
Sanders joined 49 colleagues in the Capitol’s upper-chamber two years ago in telling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to remove the name because “racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports.” The letter maintained, “Now is the time for the NFL to act. The Washington, D.C. football team is on the wrong side of history. What message does it send to punish slurs against African Americans while endorsing slurs against Native Americans?”
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, one of Roger Goodell’s 32 bosses (not the other way around), insists he will “never” change the name.