President Donald Trump criticized the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians on twitter for considering changes to the names of their respective teams, accusing the teams of “trying to be politically correct.”
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. Indians, like Elizabeth Warren, must be very angry right now!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020RELATED
Trump tweeted Monday that the NFL Redskins and MLB Indians are “legendary sports franchises.” He also mocked Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who claimed to be of Native American descent and has been a frequent target of Trump’s spikes.
It was the second tweet of the day related to sport and racial issues from Trump, who on Monday questioned NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag and accused Bubba Wallace, the sport’s only black driver, of perpetrating a lie involving a knot. in his garage last month at Talladega Superspeedway.
The Washington Redskins have recently faced pressure to change their name. Getty Images
The Redskins appear to change their name amid a national movement to erase racially insensitive symbols, given the national focus on human rights and social justice after George Floyd’s death in Minnesota.
Washington coach Ron Rivera told The Washington Post on Saturday that he has been working with team owner Daniel Snyder on a new team nickname for the past few weeks. The Redskins announced Friday that they “will undergo a thorough review” of the nickname after several sponsors, including FedEx, which owns the team’s stadium name rights, urged the franchise to change a nickname that has been deemed offensive during decades.
The Indians also released a statement on Friday, saying the organization is “committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best way forward regarding our team name.”
Trump has previously defended the Redskins’ name on Twitter. In October 2013, he tweeted that presidents “should not be telling the Washington Redskins to change their names” and accused then-President Barack Obama of “harassing the privately owned franchise.”