A television ad produced by pro-Trump political action committee “Rebuilding America Now” aired over the last weekend before the election, targeting NFL fans opposed to changing the name of the Washington Redskins.
The ad shows a clip of Clinton stating emphatically that the Washington franchise should drop the name “Redskins, ” while admitting she has no alternative name in mind. The ad starts, “Yeah, you thought you were safe sitting in your recliner in your man cave, cold beer and a bowl of chips. Ha, you thought you’d escaped politics by focusing on football. Wrong. Hillary Clinton wants to mess up your football, too. Hillary wants to change the name of the Redskins.”
The message of the ad comically points out that “Hillary’s priorities are not your priorities.”
Redskins owner Dan Snyder insists that he will never change the team’s moniker. He has long argued that he enjoys the support of many native Americans who consider the name a compliment and not a racial slur as President Barack Obama strongly believes. Snyder likes to point out that a Native American chief of the Blackfeet Nation crafted the Redskins logo in 1971.
The anti-Hillary ad further shows Jorge Ramos asking Clinton for her opinion on the controversial topic during an interview two years ago. “Almost 50 Democratic Senators sent a letter to the NFL saying that ‘Redskins’ is a racial slur,” asked Ramos. “Do you agree?”
“I think it’s insensitive, and I think that there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital,” Clinton responded. “I would love to see the owners think hard about what they could . . .”
“Any suggestions? Any different names?” the Spanish language newscaster inquired.
“No. No. I haven’t thought a lot about that,” Clinton responded.
Trump opposes changing the team’s name. “Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to,” he stated in an October 2015 interview with the New York Times . Trump argues that attempts to change the name represent another example of “excessive political correctness.”