Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said on Thursday that the turmoil in the House of Representatives over the House Speaker election is an example of how the word “Washington” is more offensive than “Redskins,” the name of Washington, DC’s NFL team which has been under fire for what many say is a racist stereotype of Native Americans.
“It’s not chaotic, it’s just dysfunctional,” Bush told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt just hours after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) unexpectedly dropped his bid for Speaker of the House.
“There’s this big argument about the Washington Redskins — the ‘Redskins’ being a pejorative term — I think ‘Washington’ is the pejorative term, not the ‘Redskins,'” Bush continued.
Last week, the former Florida Governor defended the team’s name from criticism. As The Hill notes, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder contributed $100,000 to Right to Rise, a pro-Bush super PAC. In July, the Obama Administration said the team must change its name before it can build a new stadium on a plot of land currently owned by the U.S. Park Service in Washington, D.C.
Listen to the audio above, via The Hugh Hewitt Show.
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