Potential Democratic nominee Bernie Sanders addressed the issue of the use of the R-word by the Washington NFL team Thursday evening during a speech at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona.
“Washington has a very good football team but it doesn’t have to be called the Redskins,” said Sanders, according to the Washington Post.
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Sanders also addressed immigration and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, notorious for behaviors Sanders referred to as “un-American and uncivilized.”
Additionally, Sanders promised that, if elected, he will make a point to focus on the “appalling levels of inequality and systematic injustice” suffered by Natives.
In 2014, Sanders signed a congressional letter condemning the Washington NFL team’s name and mascot, along with 48 others, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota).
Current Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton told Fusion, “there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital,” according to the Washington Post.
In 2015, Donald Trump voiced his support of team owner Dan Snyder and said he knows Natives who are proud of the name and who think it’s a positive moniker.
“Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to,” Trump said in an interview on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel, according to the New York Times.