Washington Post

The ad aired just days before the election.

By SI Wire
November 06, 2016

Just days before the presidential election, a super PAC backing Republican nominee Donald Trump ran an ad against Hillary Clinton that appealed to NFL fans who support the Washington Redskins’ name, according to The Washington Post.

“You thought you were safe.” the ad, run by Rebuilding America Now, says. “Sitting in your recliner in your man cave, cold beer and a bowl of chips. Ha, you thought you’d escaped politics by focusing on football. Wrong. Hillary Clinton wants to mess up your football, too. Hillary wants to change the name of the Redskins.”

Here is the ad, obtained by the The Post.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has repeatedly said that he will not change the nickname despite the opposition from those that claim it is offensive to Native Americans.

In June 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the Redskins, saying the nickname is “disparaging to Native Americans” and cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits trademark protection on offensive or disparaging language. The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the team in October.

 

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