On Monday, the president took the world by surprise yet again by using a racial slur against Native Americans — while standing in front of Native Americans. Now, prominent Native Americans have spoken out in response to the latest instance of Trump’s disrespect.
While honoring Native American veterans of World War II at the White House, Trump made the completely irrelevant and racist remark about Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose claims of Native American ancestry have been called into question.
Trump said to those assembled:
‘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. Because you are special. You are special people, you are really incredible people.’
Check out the video for yourself below.
Here’s the video: Trump calls Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ while honoring Native American code talkers: “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.” pic.twitter.com/hjZ5MInDDf
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 27, 2017
Numerous interests have spoken out against the president in the hours since he made his ridiculous racist remarks on Monday, and now, Native American people have done so as well.
General Secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes John Norwood told NBC that “the reference is using a historic American Indian figure as a derogatory insult and that’s insulting to all American Indians,” adding that Trump should “stop using our historical people of significance as a racial slur against one of his opponents.”
Vietnam veteran and president of the National Congress of American Indians Jefferson Keel was similarly critical, saying:
‘We regret that the president’s use of the name Pocahontas as a slur to insult a political adversary is overshadowing the true purpose of today’s White House ceremony. Today was about recognizing the remarkable courage and invaluable contributions of our Native code talkers.’
Prominent Native American activist Faith Spotted Eagle also spoke out against the president, telling journalist Daniel Dale that Trump’s comments constitute an “emotional assault” which “carries as much weight as a physical assault.”
‘He can phrase it and twist it and distort it any way he wants, the fact remains: that name does not belong in his mouth.’
Speaking to the same journalist as Faith Spotted Eagle, executive director of National Congress of American Indians Jacqueline Pata commented that we “would hope the president of the United States would respect us as tribal nations and the people we represent.”
There are no doubt few who believe that the president is going to actually heed Native Americans’ calls for him to stop disrespecting their people.
As mentioned, other interests have spoken out against the president as well, including Sen. Warren herself.
In an appearance on MSNBC, Warren commented:
‘Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he’s going to shut me up with it. It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur.’
Check it out below.
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