MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell compared Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s defense of his team’s name to segregation on , saying “the force of history will crush” him and his team’s name.
“Dan Snyder is now the George Wallace of the NFL,” O’Donnell said.
After quoting Snyder’s declaration that he would never change the team’s name, O’Donnell played a clip of the segregationist governor’s infamous 1963 inaugural address, in which he promised “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
When Wallace stood in the doorway at the University of Alabama a few months later in an attempt to prevent integration at the school, O’Donnell said, “the inevitable force of history overwhelmed [him], pushed him aside, and the University of Alabama was integrated.”
“The same thing will happen to Dan Snyder. The force of history will crush him. And the name of his football team will be changed,” O’Donnell said.