Washington Post- Republican candidate Jeb Bush was asked about the issue this week, and he backed the team’s stance: that the name is not offensive, and that it should not be changed.
“I don’t think they should change it,” Bush said during an interview with Sirius XM’s POTUS Channel. “I don’t think politicians ought to be having any say about that, to be honest with you. I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive.”
Bush, the former Florida governor, went on to describe “a similar kind of flap” at Florida State, where the school and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have a close and unusual bond. During Bush’s tenure, the university got a waiver from the NCAA to continue using its Seminole nickname.
“The Seminole Tribe itself kind of came to the defense of the university; [the issue] subsided,” Bush said in the Sirius XM interview. ” It’s a sport for crying out loud. It’s a football team. I mean, Washington has a huge fanbase. I just — I’m missing something here, I guess.”
There it is! We've been waiting, Jeb, we've been waiting. Just sitting on pins and needles awaiting the exact moment that you finally prove that you are, indeed, a member of the Bush family. Almost didn't believe you there for a second when you were a capable public speaker in those GOP debates. Well, it appears that it took the apple just a little longer to fall from the tree this time, but I will be damned if it didn't hit the ground running when it did.
Forget the facts here. Forget that Native American people absolutely find the term 'redskins' offensive. Forget the fact that the word 'Seminole' refers to an actual tribe and thus does not relate whatsoever to the racial slur at hand. This is just something that presidential candidates have to deal with. They have to have an answer for everything. You think Jeb Bush walked into that interview expecting to talk about the Washington fucking Redskins? He just picked a side and ran with it because he's a politician and that's what they do. Furthermore, you can't really hate on Jeb for thinking that Native Americans don't find the team name offensive. You know how many Native Americans that Jeb Bush has met that have a huge issue with the team name? The same amount of Native Americans that you or I have met that have a huge issue with the team name, ZERO. That doesn't mean they don't exist, but they certainly aren't as outspoken as the coalitions of people, that are predominantly not Native American, arguing on their behalf. That's how outrage works these days. It's not the people being discriminated against screaming the loudest, it's the people that are desperate for another reason to overreact. Please forgive Jeb Bush, Native Americans, he didn't see you guys protesting in the back because there were too many impassioned white people rioting in the front. Jeb may be ignorant, but he's not prejudice. He just speaks in absolutes because he's trying to run for president and you can't sound unsure of yourself when you want to lead this country, even if you are dead ass wrong.
P.S. Such a 'IDGAF' move to say “I don’t think politicians ought to be having any say about that, to be honest with you", and then follow it up by taking the most controversial stance he possibly could.