While discussing the scramble in the House to find a viable candidate for speaker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) suggested that the word “Washington” is more derogatory than the term “Redskins,” the name of the Washington, D.C., football team.
During a Thursday interview, radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Bush about turmoil in the House over the speakership race.
“It just doesn’t work,” Bush said about Congress. “There was a big argument about the Washington Redskins, the Redskins being a pejorative term. I think Washington is a pejorative term, not the Redskins, so they’ll get through it, they’ll figure it out.”
“I don’t understand why all this happens, but they’ll find a leader and they’ll unite and they’ll move forward. They need a president that will work with them and they need a Senate that has a president that will get them through their process as well,” Bush continued. “The complete dysfunction needs to change for our democracy to work.”
Bush has previously defended the name of the Washington football team, which many argue is racist.
“I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive,” Bush said in September.
As The Hill noted, Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who has defended the name of his team, has donated $100,000 to Right to Rise, the Super PAC supporting Bush’s presidential bid.
H/t The Hill