Clint Didier, a former Washington Redskins player who caught the Super Bowl-winning pass in 1987, is a Congressional candidate in WA-04. He issued the following statement in response to Hillary Clinton’s comments about the Redskins quoted in The Hill:
“I’m just flabbergasted that Hillary Clinton now thinks she’s the expert on what’s insensitive. But if she has suddenly become the Miss Manners of politics, then maybe she’s now willing to publicly apologize for HER OWN insensitive remarks. Like saying ‘What difference does it make?’ about the attacks in Benghazi.
“She says Redskins owners need to think hard about the name. I have to wonder if she thinks long and hard about her own insensitive remarks – like, that she can relate to the problems of most Americans because her family was ‘dead broke.’ Really?
“She does admit that she ‘hasn’t thought much about’ the Redskins, but apparently still feels the need to spout an opinion about it anyway. Maybe that’s why people don’t trust politicians – because they don’t THINK about what they say.
“Well I have thought about it lot – for 7 years when I played with the Redskins. And I knew it was a name meant to honor the Native Americans who were part of the early history of the team. We all wore the name proudly on our uniforms. Check out www.RedskinsFacts.com.
“This whole ‘name-calling’ thing is so hypocritical. A reporter at the liberal ‘Seattle Weekly’ recently took a jab at me & the people of my district, calling us ‘rednecks’ and me ‘Chief Redneck” – -but no one called him out about that. Can you say ‘hypocrisy?’ (FYI –No matter how he meant it, I choose to take it as a compliment – that I’m a hard-working farmer who gets his hands dirty every day.)
“But I won’t be sitting around holding my breath waiting for either Ms. Clinton’s or his apologies. I have alfalfa to bale tonight.”