Clinton: Redskins name is ‘insensitive’

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Hillary Clinton on Tuesday became the latest Democrat to support changing the name of the Washington Redskins football team. 

"I think it is insensitive, and I think that there is no reason for it to continue as a name of a team in our nation's capital," she said in an interview with Fusion. 

"I would love to see the owners think hard about what they could substitute," she added.

Clinton did not volunteer any possible new names for the franchise.

"No. I haven't thought a lot about [it]," she said.   

Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, joins a growing list of Democratic leaders who have called for a name change.

Nearly every Democratic leader has already come out in support of dropping the team name, including President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The president has said he would consider changing the name if he were the team's owner. 

In May, 50 senators — all caucusing with Democrats — sent a letter to the NFL urging the league to force the team to change its name, calling it a "racial slur." Only five Democrats did not sign on. 

The team maintains that the name presents a respectful image.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in June, though, voted to revoke the trademark status of some Redskins logos. The ruling has not taken effect pending appeal.

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