While Honoring Native American Code Talkers, Trump Attacks 'Pocahontas'

Nov 28, 2017, 00:48
While Honoring Native American Code Talkers, Trump Attacks 'Pocahontas'

US President Donald Trump dubbed a Democratic rival "Pocahontas" Monday, during an event created to honor Native American veterans in the White House's Oval Office.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed criticism about Trump's comments by saying she didn't believe the president had used a racial slur.

During remarks praising their service, he said: "You were here long before any of us were here". Warren says she is 1/32 Cherkoee. "You were here long before any of us were here", Trump said.

Trump has repeatedly mocked Warren for claims she has made about being part Native American.

President Trump's racially-charged nickname for Massachusetts Sen. "Keep in mind who is in the room: Native Americans".

President Donald Trump, right, meets with Navajo Code Talkers Peter MacDonald, center, and Thomas Begay, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.

After making the crack, Trump turned to one of the Navajo code talkers and said, "But you know what? I like you, because you are special".

It wasn't just Trump's use of "Pocahontas" that was seen as a major faux pas, though.

"I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying bout her heritage to advance her career", she said. Trump delights in rolling out this nickname for her at every opportunity.

Brown pressed Warren to release more information about how she described her heritage to potential employers. She says the comments should be "constantly covered".

Naturally, the majority of the questions during Monday's White House Press briefing were about Trump's use of "Pocahantas", instead of tax reform or other pressing issues.

'These are my family stories.

During her first run for U.S. Senate in 2012, the Boston Herald reported that Warren registered as a minority in law school directories in the 1980s. This is what my brothers and I were told by my mom and my dad, my mamaw and my papaw. "I like you because you are very special". Thousands of Native Americans died of cold, starvation and disease during the harrowing trek to the undeveloped Western territories.

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