Native Americans just replied to Donald Trump’s “pocahontas” comment
The Native American leader and his organization which represents the Native American Tribes fires back at Donald Trump, that President Trump calling senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” during an event in the White House honouring Native American code talkers “smacks of racism”
John Norwood, general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes, told NBC News. “The reference is using a historic American-Indian figure as a derogatory insult and that’s an insult to all American-Indians,”
President Trump on Monday honored three Navajos who helped the U.S. Marine Corps develop a secret code during WWII.
Trump said “You were here long before any of us were here,” , standing beneath a portrait of former President Jackson. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”
Trump has repeatedly used the derisive nickname when talking about Warren, a reference to her claim of Native American heritage.
Norwood said Trump should “stop using our historical people of significance as a racial slur against one of his opponents.”
Warren also fired back at Trump, saying the event was meant to honor the sacrifice of those in attendance.
“It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States can’t even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur,” she said.
Senator Elizabeth Warren fires back at Trump for using a “racial slur” after he cracked a “Pocahontas” joke during a Monday event with Native American veterans.
“It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur,” Warren said in an interview on MSNBC after Trump referred to her as “Pocahontas” at an event honoring Navajo “code talkers” who served in World War II.
She noted that the code talkers “saved the lives of countless Americans and our allies.”
“This was supposed to be an event to honor heroes, people who put it all on the line for our country,” she said.
Trump has repeatedly used the derisive nickname to refer to Warren, poking fun at her claim of Native American heritage.
During the Monday event honoring the U.S. veterans, Trump referred to Warren using the slur, though he did not mention the senator by name.
“You were here long before any of us were here, although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago,” Trump said. “They call her Pocahontas, but you know what, I like you because you are special.”
Warren in her response said Trump’s joke will not stop her from continuing to criticize him.
“Look, Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he’s going to shut me up with it,” she said. “It hasn’t worked in the past. It is not going to work in the future.”
"Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he is gonna shut me up with this. It hadn't worked in the past, it is not gonna work in the future." Watch @SenWarren's response to Trump calling her Pocahontas. pic.twitter.com/C3ulPzlsw7
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 27, 2017