Judge Nap: Redskins Ruling Is a Response to Dems' 'Political Whims'
Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in this morning after the U.S. Patent Office ruled that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks must be canceled. The ruling came amid a growing outcry over the past year for the team to change its name.
The judge said in this case, the government is trying to "arbitrate taste," noting that the team has used the name for 75 years.
"It doesn't make any sense. ... If this is so offensive, how is it that it has lasted - with federal protection - for 75 years?" he asked, arguing the answer is that this is a political move.
“The President of the United States of America, the Democratic leader in the United States Senate, Senator Harry Reid, don’t like this word 'Redskins.' And they’ve been waging a private and public campaign against it. And every time one of them speaks out about it, their appointees on the Trademark Board get a message," said Napolitano, adding that - like the IRS - the Trademark Board is supposed to be neutral.
Instead, he said the board is acting based on the "political whims" of the president and Democrats. He believes that the ruling will not be upheld during appeals.