DNC Chair Statement on Jeb Bush Comments on Washington Football Team Name
September 30, 2015
Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today after Jeb Bush said, “I don’t think it should change,” in response to a question about the Washington D.C. football team’s name, a term many Native Americans find offensive:
“Jeb Bush’s support of the Washington football team’s name and mascot is extremely insulting to Native American people and is one of many reasons he will not earn the Native American vote. The team’s name is a racial slur that perpetuates negative stereotypes of Native American people, and reduces proud cultures to an insulting caricature.
“Over the past few weeks, Jeb Bush has shown a shocking disregard for America’s diverse society. First, during an exchange about immigration from Latin America, he slurred American children born in this country to immigrants. Then, he clarified that the offensive term he used was, ‘frankly, more related to Asian people.’ Last week, he insulted African-Americans, implying that they only voted for Democrats because of ‘free stuff,' and also said America should not have a multicultural society. So much for the Republican Party’s plan to appeal to minorities.”