At a Navajo veterans’ event, Trump makes ‘Pocahontas’ crack

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President Donald Trump, during an event at the White House honoring Navajo code talkers Monday, referenced his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, “Pocahontas,” a label he has long used about the Massachusetts Democrat.

I just want to thank you because you are very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said. “Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time … longer than you — they call her Pocahontas!”
He then turned to one of the code talkers behind him, put his left hand on the man’s shoulder and said: “But you know what, I like you. You are special people.”

Trump did not name Warren.

The comment, met with silence from event attendees, revives an insult the President has long thrust upon Warren but restated during a high-profile meeting with the Native American war heroes.

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. Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he is going to shut me up with it. It hasn’t worked out in the past, it isn’t going to work out in the future,” Warren told MSNBC shortly after Trump’s remark.

Pocahontas was a historical figure from the 17th Century and using her name in an intentionally disparaging way insults native peoples and degrades their cultures. The largest Native American advocacy group has said that is why it has condemned the President’s usage in this manner.

Looking on as Trump derided Warren and heralded the three Navajo World War II heroes was a portrait of Andrew Jackson, a former president who signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

The act allowed the federal government to remove Native Americans from their land. Among the results was the “Trail of Tears,” when roughly 17,000 Cherokees were forced out of Georgia at gun point and moved to present-day Oklahoma. Thousands of Cherokees died on the journey.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday the use of “Pocahontas” was not a racial slur and that it “certainly was not the President’s intent” to use a racial slur.
I don’t believe that it is appropriate” to use a racial slur, Sanders said during her daily briefing, but added that she didn’t think Trump’s comment was such a slur.
Sanders then targeted Warren, saying that “the most offensive thing” was Warren claiming to be Native American.

I think Sen. Warren was very offensive when she lied about something specifically to advance her career, and I don’t understand why no one is asking about that question and why that isn’t constantly covered,” Sanders said.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said in a statement that he appreciated “the honor and recognition that has been bestowed upon the Navajo Code Talkers” but noted “all tribal nations still battle insensitive references to our people.”

The prejudice that Native American people face is an unfortunate historical legacy,” Begaye said. “As Native Americans, we are proud people who have taken care of this land long before there was the United States of America and we will continue to fight for this Nation.

The National Congress of American Indians — the largest and oldest group representing Native Americans — has condemned Trump’s use of “Pocahontas” to deride Warren, noting that the famed Native American was a real person whose historic significance is still important to her tribe, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia.

We cannot and will not stand silent when our Native ancestors, cultures and histories are used in a derogatory manner for political gain,” Jacqueline Pata, the group’s executive director, said earlier this year after Trump called Warren “Pocahontas” at a speech before the National Rifle Association.

Conservatives have previously criticized Warren for claiming that she is part Native American, and the senator’s heritage became an issue during her Senate campaigns.
Trump has seized on the attacks and has regularly called Warren “Pocahontas.” The attack dates back to his 2016 campaign.

Pocahontas is at it again,” he tweeted in June 2016. “Goofy Elizabeth Warren, one of the least productive U.S. Senators, has a nasty mouth. Hope she is V.P. choice.”
He added, “Crooked Hillary is wheeling out one of the least productive senators in the U.S. Senate, goofy Elizabeth Warren, who lied on heritage.”
And earlier this month, he added, “Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.

He has also used the nickname privately.

Sources told earlier this year that during a meeting with senators at the White House, Trump taunted Democrats by saying “Pocahontas is now the face of your party.”
Trump has routinely given his political opponents nicknames, but the slight against Warren is one of his most culturally insensitive.

Warren says she is, in fact, part Native American, citing “family stories” passed down through generations of her family.

I am very proud of my heritage,” Warren told NPR in 2012. “These are my family stories. This is what my brothers and I were told by my mom and my dad, my mammaw and my pappaw. This is our lives. And I’m very proud of it.

The legitimacy of Warren’s heritage has been widely debated and Scott Brown, her 2012 Senate campaign opponent, has even suggested Warren take a DNA test to prove her heritage.

Harvard Law School in the 1990s touted Warren, then a professor in Cambridge, as being “Native American.” They singled her out, Warren later acknowledged, because she had listed herself as a minority in an Association of American Law Schools directory.

Critics seized on the listing, saying that she received preferential treatment for questionable Native American heritage. Warren contends that her career was never furthered because of her Native American genealogy.

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  1. I am of Cherokee Indian heritage and I am NOT offended by the President’s remarks because I know beyond a single doubt that he did not mean anything offensive to Native Americans! I was asked to like this Page and I did and I was asked to invite my Facebook friends to like it; but this article discourages me to do so as I am torn between my Native American heritage and the best President this nation has ever had! I am not going to dislike your Page for now, but I will be watching. If talk continues against the President I cannot in all honesty continue to “like” it. President Trump has one of the most compassionate hearts I’ve ever seen and he loves ALL people; he is NOT the “racist” Democrats and the MSM paint him to be! Does a person who is a “racist” stand side by side with Jesse Jackson and the NAACP in their quest to help inner city African Americans to find better jobs in order to help them out of their poverty? Does a “racist” receive recognition from the NAACP for all he has done for African Americans? President Trump did this decades ago when he was a young man; why? Because his compassionate heart led him to. I won’t go into all the many, many times his heart was touched by people’s plight that he heard or read about and that he reached out to and helped them. He has paid off mortgages of hurting people who were about to lose their home or he did it in appreciation of some good deed someone did; one was for him when he was stranded by the roadside in his limo before we had cell phones on a long stretch of road with no help in sight. Every once and awhile a car passed, but didn’t stop to help. Finally a couple pulled up behind them and helped get the limo back on the road. President Trump offered to pay the man but he refused payment saying, “Just send my wife some pretty flowers”. President Trump said he would and got his address. Just a few days later a beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived at their door with a nice “thank you” card from President Trump that thanked them again for their help with a note at the bottom that read, “P.S. I paid off your mortgage.” His daughter Ivanka shared that when she was a little girl and was playing with her building blocks on the floor at his desk she well remembers the many times he would circle newspaper articles of something that touched his heart and he would reach out and help those people who were complete strangers to him. He helped our Marine monetarily that was stranded in a Mexican jail for almost a year to help him get back on his feet after serving in Afghanistan. He sent a church ministry a check for $100,000 to help them keep their doors open so they could continue to help others; this instance was told by Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University who endorsed him. The things I just mentioned just touches the surface; he has done way more than just that for way more people; it’s no small wonder that God has blessed him so and IMO chose him to lead this nation out of the destructive path the former administration put it on! The very liberal MSM wants to make him out to be a racist big mouth bigot, but he is not and far from it! Sometimes we all get a little careless in our language and expressions not meaning to offend a soul – we ALL make mistakes! Why can’t we have compassionate hearts in return and see him for the man he REALLY is – a good, decent, hard working, America loving brilliant man who has a great big heart for his country and fellow man? He can’t help everyone individually so his compassionate heart compelled him to run for President so he could with God’s help save this country and help ALL of his fellow American citizens of ALL races! Remember this: God did not chose “perfect” men to be His Twelve Disciples – He chose men He knew would do as He needed them to do – even Judas. Matthew was a greedy crooked money hungry tax collector, Thomas doubted him, Peter denied Him three times, Judas betrayed Him, and they ALL abandoned Him in His most stressful final hours before His arrest and slept while He was left to pray alone. We ALL fall short of the glory of God. NO ONE is perfect save Jesus alone. The best thing for all of us to do at this most turbulent and dangerous time in our history is to look at our Presidents ACTIONS – not what the MSM SAYS about him or what his adversaries say about him. CNN said his first year as President was “disappointing” when he has done more in his first year for this country and Americans including creating more jobs and bringing companies back to the US as well as encouraging those planning to outsource jobs to stay here and give those jobs to Americans than the last administration did in its entire 8 years! The list of our hard working President’s accomplishments in his first year in Office is extremely long, but I will be happy to share it with anyone who asks and it is proof positive that CNN is so very wrong! I love and greatly admire Native Americans who were here first yet ask for nothing while others arrive with their hands out and some who were born here make a “career” out of being on welfare. That our President will stop – it’s wasteful spending and it’s unfair and a huge burden on our resources and hard working tax payers.. God says in His Word if you don’t work you don’t eat! Being a “brothers helper” to Him means helping those who welfare was intended for – the sick and disabled and those who need a (short lived) hands up when they suffer something beyond their control like a sudden job loss or serious illness – it’s not for supporting the world (which is why some people come here – for the hand-outs) nor is it for the lazy. It’s jut not right or fair for those of us who work hard and contribute. God bless America and God bless our President!

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