President Donald Trump on Monday night made light of the “Pocahontas” racial slur he has repeatedly used to attack Sen. Elizabeth Warren, promising his supporters that he would revive the slur during the 2020 campaign.
“I don’t want to do this too early,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Rio Rancho, N.M. “I don’t want to do it you know the Pocahontas thing.”
“I did that it was before it’s time,” Trump told the crowd to cheers. “Right? It’s before its time. Too early.”
“One thousand twenty-fourth,” he added, before wishing he had more “Indian blood” to help him get more votes0. “That means I have more Indian blood than she does and I have none. Unfortunately. I’d like to say I have a lot. How do I get me another four percent? Maybe another ten percent.”
“But I was early with her and frankly uh – It’s coming back, don’t worry about it,” he promised the crowd.
Trump makes light of his "Pocahontas" smear against Elizabeth Warren, which he promises to revive for the campaign, then says he wishes he was Indian because it would win him more votes pic.twitter.com/OHPktdt9NU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 17, 2019
Trump has repeatedly used “Pocahontas” to attack Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), including during a ceremony meant to honor Navajo Code Talkers who aided America in World War II in 2017.
John Norwood, general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes, told NBC News at the time that Trump’s use of the name to mock Warren “smacks of racism.”
“The reference is using a historic American Indian figure as a derogatory insult and that’s insulting to all American Indians,” Norwood told the network, adding that Trump should “stop using our historical people of significance as a racial slur against one of his opponents.”
Last month, The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) formally condemned Trump for his “continued use of the name ‘Pocohantas’ as a slur” when referring to Sen. Warren.
“NCAI condemns the President’s continued use of the name ‘Pocahontas’ as an insult for political gain,” NCAI CEO Kevin Allis said in the statement. “Not only does it disrespect Pocahontas’ legacy and life, it likens her name to a slur.”
Allis referenced numerous slurs Native people have faced for hundreds of years “that the forces of racism and intolerance deploy to dehumanize our people, mock our cultures, and interfere with our inherent right to control our own lands and destinies.”
He added that those terms “dismiss our rightful place as this country’s First Americans, and ignore the immense contributions that tribal nations and peoples have made and continue to make to America.”