Navajo Nation President on Trump's 'Pocahontas' Quip: 'Inappropriate' to Use 'Racial Slur'

29 November, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Trump makes ‘Pocahontas’ crack at event honoring Navajo code talkers

"This was supposed to be an event to honour heroes, people who put it all on the line for our country", she said.

"Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time - longer than you".

Warren, who is running for reelection in 2018, sent an email to supporters on Monday night saying, "You might have heard that Donald Trump likes to call me 'Pocahontas.' He does it on Twitter, at rallies, and even in official White House meetings". "They call her Pocahontas". Why did he feel the need to say something that is offensive to many people while honoring the Navajo code talkers?

Reports state that while Trump was talking to the three veterans, he stood beneath a portrait of controversial president Andrew Jackson - who ordered the forced removal of Native Americans from their ancestral land, causing the death of thousands belonging to the community. You are really incredible people.

A former White House ethics chief has warned Donald Trump "accountability is coming" after the US President used a racial slur during an event to honour Native Americans. "I like you. Because you are special", Trump continued, touching MacDonald on the shoulder.

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And as if all this weren't insult enough, Oglala Lakota journalist and Native Sun News Today publisher Tim Giago cited Trump's tone of voice.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders challenged Warren's assertion that "Pocahontas" was a racist term during Monday's press conference, claiming the offensive aspect was the senator's previous claims to Native American ancestry. When anchor Alisyn Camerota asked whether it amounted to an ethnic slur, he said yes.

He started accusing Warren of lying about her heritage and called her "Pocahontas" at a campaign rally in June, 2016, according to the Washington Post, when Warren was campaigning in support of Hilary Clinton.

Warren said she believed her family had Cherokee ancestors, though critics have argued that she sought to gain an unfair advantage by claiming Native American roots.

During an appearance on MSNBC, Warren responded by saying, "It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States can not even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur".

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