A political action committee that supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is running a last-minute, battleground-state ad in favor of the Washington NFL team's racist mascot.
The Rebuilding America Now ad debuted on television stations in Virginia, a key state in the election, on Sunday. It stokes fears about a possible name change for the team by linking Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to the effort.
"Hillary's priorities are not your priorities," the ad proclaims to an all-White, all-male group of football fans whose game day was ruined by the mere appearance of Clinton on their television screen.
Clinton indeed called the NFL team's name "insensitive" in an interview on Fusion back in 2014.
That view is also shared by President Barack Obama, prominent Native activists, nearly every major Indian organization and tribes across the nation.
The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center is located in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Washington Redskins
But with 13 electoral votes at stake, both campaigns are making heavy plays for the vote in a state where the NFL team enjoys a large fan base and where it maintains a training facility in Richmond, the capital. Polls have consistently shown Virginia leaning toward Clinton, according to RealClearPolitics, an outcome Trump doesn't want to accept.
"We are going to win. We are going to have one of the great victories of all time. Of all time," Trump said at a late-night rally in Leesburg in the northern part of the state on Sunday.
Trump himself defended the NFL team's racist imagery in an interview with The New York Times last year. He believes the the name should be left up to the team's owner, Dan Snyder, who has vowed he will "never" change it.
"I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name,” Trump told the Times. "They think it’s a positive."
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, on the campaign trail. Photo by Hillary for America