Finally, the Justice Department gives up and accepts that they are the Washington Redskins. They have dropped the challenge to change their name.
Per The Hill:
In the Thursday letter, the Justice Department argues that the Matal V. Tam decision means that the court would decide in favor of the Washington Redskins if the case went before the justices.
Last week, Redskins owner Dan Snyder drew the same conclusion, and said he was “thrilled” by the court’s decision in the copyright case His lawyer, Lisa Blatt, issued a statement saying that the court’s decision resolved the dispute over the NFL team’s name.
Snyder and his wife have a close relationship with President Trump and his administration. In January, Snyder attended an exclusive inauguration celebration with Trump’s Cabinet members, and Snyder’s wife donated to Trump’s campaign in 2015.
Weeks after Snyder’s wife made the donation, Trump spoke out about the team name controversy, suggesting it should remain the Redskins.
“I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name,” Trump said in October of 2015.
“Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to.”
In 2014, the the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the “Redskins” trademark, saying the team name and logo were disparaging to Native Americans.
Justice Department Gives Up on Redskins Fight
This fight has been going on for too long, settle it already. They have been called the Washington Redskins for so long, that it’s an afterthought for all involved. If the name was that offensive, it would have been changed already. Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is happy and the Redskins fans are thrilled. By most accounts, Indians are not bothered by this name.
“I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name,” Donald Trump said back in October of 2015.
It’s great to see that the PC era is finally coming to a close with the Trump administration.