CLEVELAND — President Donald Trump has weighed in on the report that the Cleveland Indians will soon drop their controversial team name, calling it the latest example of “cancel culture.”
On Sunday, The New York Times reported the team is planning to drop the nickname it has used for more than a century and will become the latest franchise to abandon the Native American imagery.
Oh no! What is going on? This is not good news, even for “Indians”. Cancel culture at work! https://t.co/d1l0C9g6Pd— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020
Manager Terry Francona said in July that he believed the time had come for the team to change its name after more than 100 years.
“I think it’s time to move forward,” Francona said. “It’s a very difficult subject. It’s also delicate.”
The New York Times said the team could announce plans for a new nickname as soon as this week.
A Twitter poll posted by News 5's Camryn Justice in July showed that 70.9% of respondents didn't want the team to change its name. It reflects the sentiment News 5 generally sees on its social media pages, where many fans are vocal in their support of the Indians team name and Chief Wahoo logo.
Question: Do you think the #Indians should change their name?— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) July 3, 2020