As the nation commemorated the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Donald Trump followed up his tweet marking the occasion with an unhinged attack ranting about “Crooked Hillary,” “Sleepy Joe,” “Pocahontas,” and the “fake news” media cooking up “suppression polls” to sabotage his reelection.
“In a hypothetical poll, done by one of the worst pollsters of them all, the Amazon Washington Post/ABC, which predicted I would lose to Crooked Hillary by 15 points (how did that work out?), Sleepy Joe, Pocahontas and virtually all others would beat me in the General Election,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday.
“This is a phony suppression poll, meant to build up their Democrat partners. I haven’t even started campaigning yet, and am constantly fighting Fake News like Russia, Russia, Russia. Look at North Carolina last night. Dan Bishop, down big in the Polls, WINS. Easier than 2016!” he added.
….This is a phony suppression poll, meant to build up their Democrat partners. I haven’t even started campaigning yet, and am constantly fighting Fake News like Russia, Russia, Russia. Look at North Carolina last night. Dan Bishop, down big in the Polls, WINS. Easier than 2016!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 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.”
Many Twitter users fired back at the president for souring the solemn day of remembrance:
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) September 11, 2019
It’s the best he can do. The Republican Party is proud of the new levels of low he has reached with their support. pic.twitter.com/PlCqn2Cka5
— Tony (@TonyinRealLife) September 11, 2019
It’s 9/11 and you’re tweet raging about polling? You’re disgusting Trump.
— Buck Blackwood (@BlackwoodBuck) September 11, 2019
Have some f*cking respect for ONCE you incorrigible child. It's September 11th. Just SHUT UP.
— Geronimo on the radio (@GeronimoBPM) September 11, 2019
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) September 11, 2019
— The_Drake (@vampireontitus) September 11, 2019
Even for a narcissistic sociopath Trump achieves new heights of disgusting, shameful behaviour every, single day. pic.twitter.com/QYcqlsc4Zx
— Dustmeister626 (@DelightfulDrD) September 11, 2019