Trump makes 'Pocahontas' joke as ceremony honouring Native American veterans

29 November, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Trump makes 'Pocahontas' joke as ceremony honouring Native American veterans

"These code talkers deserve our nation's praise and gratitude, not a president who disrespects the Native American community and dishonors Native American veterans", Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said in a statement Monday.

"I don't believe it is appropriate to use a racial slur in any context".

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". Warren says her parents told her of the Native American connection and she listed herself with that heritage in law school directories to meet others with similar backgrounds.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's comments at a press conference later in the day, stating the term "Pocahontas" is not a racial slur and the president did not intended it to be used in that way.

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In closing, the Caucasian said that accusing Trump of intentionally offending the Navajos was absurd.

Trump said: "We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago". She says: "He's wrong".

This morning, Begaye appeared on cable news to discuss Trump's comments and how they were racially offensive.

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Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Navajo Code Talkers, whose bravery, skill & tenacity helped secure our decisive victory over tyranny & oppression during WWII.

Warren herself additionally responded to Trump's dig, telling MSNBC, "It was deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States can not even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur".

"I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about heritage to advance her career", Sanders said. "It is not going to work in the future".

"Pocahontas is a real person", Begaye continued.

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Genealogist Chris Child of the New England Historic Society looked into Warren's background and found a document stating that she has a great-great-great-grandmother who is Native American, which would make her 1/32 Cherokee, NPR reported.

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