Donald Trump is not a fan of the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians getting set to change their names, and even called it as being “politically correct,” writing in a tweet Monday that the teams are named “out of STRENGTH, not weakness.”
“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!”
Both teams have dealt with criticism over their names for many years, but a renewed national reckoning over racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death is pushing them to seriously reconsider.
The Redskins have gotten backlash and pressure from the likes of FedEx, Nike, Pepsi, Walmart, and others. FedEx, the sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium, released a statement saying, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.”
The Indians likely know the conversation will shift hard to them, so they are getting in front of it to change the name as soon as possible.
“We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues,” the Indians said in a statement. “The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social justice.”