Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., responded Monday to the decision by the Washington Redskins to change its name due to public pressure over what critics say has racial connotations and said the only thing offensive about the name is the name of the city it represents.
“We’re just living in such a politically correct time, it’s absolute insanity,” he told the “Todd Starnes Show.” He continued, “You just wonder where this whole thing is taking us.”
Todd Starnes, the host of the radio program, pointed to the seismic shift in society that moderate Democrats have embraced in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody in May. Starnes said the left wants to erase our country’s history and will stop at nothing to advance their agenda.
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“Folks, you cannot give in to the mob,” he said. “Because there’s no ending if you do.”
The Redskins announced that they would change their name after 87 years and did not announce a new team name. Fox News pointed out that the team attracted new attention when FedEx requested that the team change the name. Corporations seem to lead the cancel-culture charge because if they don’t, they themselves could be canceled.
“[Owner] Dan Snyder and Coach [Ron] Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.”
Starnes offered his recommendations for the team’s new name: the Washington Snowflakes or Washington Swamp Rats.
Hice said the idea that removing a statue will help create a more equal society is not even logical. He said the unrest is not solving any of the problems that protests are decrying.
He said that, at the end of the day, it seems that removing statues and changing teams’ names can offer politicians political cover, especially if they don’t influence any major political changes. They can point to the statehouse where a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue once stood and say, “See that, we were able to get that accomplished.”
“But at the end of the day, so what?” he asked. “Has that done away with racism? If that’s the issue they’re trying to correct, does tearing down a monument change anything at all?”
Hice agreed with Starnes and said the true push in the country by protesters is to advance a Marxist and socialist agenda.
“And we have got to resist against that,” he said.