Long-time college football announcer Brent Musburger is furious.
Nonsensical political correctness has brought University of Southern California’s famous horse mascot’s name into question.
Musburger thinks the faux outrage over their horse mascot, named Traveler, is ridiculous—and he’s willing to do something extreme if the name gets changed.
Musburger said he would not vote for USC Quarterback Sam Darnold for the Heisman if the school changes the mascot’s name.
In an interview with Barstool Sports for their “Pardon My Take” podcast, retired sports announcer Brent Musburger said he was “very upset” with the controversy surrounding University of Southern California’s horse mascot, Traveler.
USC Black Student Assembly co-director Saphia Jackson pointed out that Traveler’s name is similar to that of the horse Confederate General Robert E. Lee rode.
The timing of Jackson’s comments brings into question the sincerity of the “complaint,” especially when it has no factual basis.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
The University of Southern California mascot, Traveler IX, is a symbol tied to white supremacy and should be removed from campus, according to some USC students.
Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s horse had a similar name, Traveller with two l’s. USC Black Student Assembly co-president Saphia Jackson cited USC’s horse as evidence that “white supremacy hits close to home,” the Daily Trojan reported. Jackson spoke during a campus rally Thursday in response to the Charlottesville, Va. riot.
“I push administration, faculty, and staff to have serious engagements and not dismiss our issues because we are here for serious change,” Jackson said during the rally. “We can no longer afford to stay silent.”
Traveler IX is USC’s current mascot, and there is a statue of the original Traveler mascot who debuted in the fall of 1961. The Traveler line of mascots has appeared with an armor-clad rider for decades. The original rider, Richard Saukko, used pieces from Charlton Heston’s costume in Ben-Hur.
Saukko’s widow, Pat Saukko DeBernardi, is among those who do not think the university should be concerned with the horse’s name. Saukko DeBernardi told the Los Angeles Times that worries about Traveler IX are the “the flavor of the day.”
“The problem is this: maybe three weeks ago it was fine,” Saukko DeBernardi said. “So now the flavor of the day is . . . we all have to be in hysteria. . . . It’s more of a political issue. The horse isn’t political and neither am I.”
Jackson’s grievance, if you can even call it that, doesn’t do the left any favors. These irrational outbursts show how unhinged they’ve become, alienating voters in the process.
More from Breitbart:
“I’m very upset,” Musburger said. “There’s a move afoot to change the name of the horse from Traveler because Robert E. Lee’s horse was named Traveller. You can’t have that.”
The former college football announcer went on to say later in the interview that he would withhold his Heisman vote from USC star quarterback Sam Darnold if the school ended up changing Traveler’s name, even though Darnold is his early Heisman favorite.
“If they mess around with my horse, I’m off him,” Musburger added. “I’ve got a vote. I will not vote for Darnold if they change the name of that horse.”
Musburger’s mentality toward voting for the Heisman is an apt microcosm for how the nation views the modern Democratic Party.
The party has been hijacked by its fringe elements, and voters are paying attention. The non-stop identity politics is one of the key reasons why Donald Trump won last November.
Perhaps the left will learn its lesson, but current events suggest otherwise.