John Norwood, the general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes, said Monday that President Trump calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Pocahontas” during an event honoring three Navajos who helped the U.S. Marine Corps develop a secret code during WWII “smacks of racism.”
“The reference is using a historic American Indian figure as a derogatory insult and that’s an insult to all American Indians,” Norwood told NBC News.
“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”
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, condemning him for using a “racial slur.”
“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.