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Trump Uses ‘Pocahontas’ Racial Slur At Ceremony Honoring Native American WWII Veterans

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Trump Uses ‘Pocahontas’ Racial Slur At Ceremony Honoring Native American WWII Veterans





President Donald Trump on Monday repeated one of his favorite political slurs from the campaign trail, referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” in reference to her self-proclaimed Native American background during a White House ceremony honoring Native American Code Talkers who served during World War II.

“The chief. He’s the general and the chief,” Trump said, referring to his chief of staff John Kelly. “I said, how good were these code talkers? He said, sir, you have no idea. You have no idea how great they were, what they have done for this country and the strength and the bravery and the love for the country.”

“So that was the ultimate statement from General Kelly, the importance,” Trump continued. “And 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.”






In an interview with Fox News in June 2016, Trump said he regretted calling Warren Pocahontas: “I do regret calling her Pocahontas because I think it’s a tremendous insult to Pocahontas. So to Pocahontas, I would like to apologise to you.”

“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.”

In her 2014 memoir, A Fighting Chance, Warren said: “I never questioned my family’s stories or asked my parents for proof or documentation. What kid would? … I was stunned by the attacks. How do you prove who you are? My brothers and I knew who we were. We knew our family stories.”

“But the Republicans demanded documentation and, back at the turn of the century, nobody in my family had registered any tribal affiliation. In Oklahoma, that was pretty common. But knowing who you are is one thing, and proving who you are is another.”

Earlier this month, Trump attacked Warren, tweeting, “Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.”




In response to Trump’s attacks, Warren fired back:

UPDATE: During an interview on MSNBC moments after Trump referred to Warren as “Pocahontas”, Warren fired back at Trump’s racial slur: “This was supposed to be an event to honor heroes, people who put it all on the line for our country.”

Warren noted that the code talkers “saved the lives of countless Americans and our allies.”

“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.”

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