CNN’s Brooke Baldwin was left speechless after reporting that President Donald Trump had just used a racial slur to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at a White House event honoring Native American “code talkers” who served in World War II.
At the Monday ceremony, Trump told the gathered Native Americans, “I just want to thank you because you’re very, very special people. 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, they call her Pocahontas. But you know what, I like you.”
Trump comments on Elizabeth Warren's heritage at event honoring Native American code talkers:
"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. They call her Pocahontas." https://t.co/lKSNecEXfu
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 27, 2017
After Baldwin read the Trump’s racial slur on-air, Baldwin struggled to find the right words to continue her report.
“He’s made cracks about the Democratic senator of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, ‘Pocahontas,’ a couple of different times. apparently, he makes the crack again,” Baldwin explained a few seconds later. “Keep in mind who is in the room: Native Americans. And the color that we have from within the room was that there was just a long, awkward silence.”
“Come join me in the conversation here,” Baldwin asked her guest, U.S. News and World Report’s David Catanese.
“I mean, I don’t even — how do you — what do you say?” she continued. “That is just so not okay.”
“Well, it sort of brought me back to when he was campaigning for president,” Catanese recalled. “I remember he did an event in North Dakota, which has a large Native American population and someone screamed out that’s really offensive and he sort of, you know, moved on and put out his hand and he said, ‘oh, sorry if I’m offending you.”
“Look, this is Trump being Trump, but to say it in a room with Native Americans surrounding? I’ll be surprised and I would be curious to hear what their reaction is if any of them in the room next to the president of the United States were offended by that remark,” he added.
Watch the segment, below: