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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.

{mosads}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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