President Trump Calls Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' at Event
President Donald Trump referred to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as #8220Pocahontas#8221 during a White House event Monday honoring Native American code talkers who served in World War II.
The President, standing beside three Najavo code talkers and a portrait of former president Andrew Jackson, made the comment in reference to Warren#8217s heritage, which the Democrat Senator on numerous occasions has said has Native American roots.
#8220You were here long before any of us were here,#8221 Trump said to the veterans in the Oval Office. #8220Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.#8221
This is not the first time Trump has called Warren, one of his most vocal critics, #8220Pocahontas.#8221 He frequently called her that throughout his presidential campaign and claimed that she was lying about her genealogy, saying it was #8220racist#8221 and that she should be fact-checked.The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders doubled down on that sentiment at Monday#8217s briefing.
#8220I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career,#8221 Sanders told reporters, adding that she didn#8217t consider the label #8220Pocahontas#8221 a racial slur.
Warren herself additionally responded to Trump#8217s dig, telling MSNBC, #8220It was deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur.#8221
John Norwood, general secretary for the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes, told NBC that Trump#8217s remark #8220smacks of racism#8221 and that he should #8220stop using our historical people of significance as a racial slur against one of his opponents.#8221
The Navajo code talkers used their native language to outwit U.S. enemies and exchange classified military information throughout both World Wars.
Following his #8220Pocahontas#8221 comment, Trump said: #8220But you know what? I like you, because you are special.#8221
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