W.H. Press Secretary Responds To Trump’s Racist Pocahontas Jab Like A Total Fool

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On Monday, at an event honoring Native American war veterans, the president revived one of his old nicknames for prominent Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pocahaontas” while speaking to those assembled. It’s as if he literally has no idea how to operate as a decent respectful human being, let alone as an effective president of the United States.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders began taking questions from reporters shortly after that incident, and she unsurprisingly faced questioning about what on earth just happened. Also unsurprisingly, she belligerently insisted that the president had done no wrong.

Reporter Steven Portnoy asked her of the incident with Trump’s remark:

‘The president was speaking at an event to honor members of “The Greatest Generation” — people who fought in World War II, who are in their eighties and nineties now, and the moment had many people online asking whether the president lacks decency. What is your response to that notion?’

Sanders responded by saying that Trump making a racial slur doesn’t actually mean that he doesn’t have respect for Native Americans.

She told Portnoy:

‘Look, I think the president certainly finds an extreme amount of value and respect for these individuals, which is why he brought them and invited them to come to the White House and spent time with them recognizing them and honoring them today.’

Check out the clip including Portnoy’s question below.

It gets worse, with Sanders having also wrongfully insisted that the remark from the president wasn’t actually offensive.

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Before her comments to Portnoy, she told ABC’s Jonathan Karl that she thinks it’s a “ridiculous accusation” from Senator Warren that calling her “Pocahontas” amounts to a racial slur.

Sanders added:

‘I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career.’

She stuck by her stance that calling Warren “Pocahontas” doesn’t mean the president used a racial slur in the face of repeated questioning.

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In reality, there is little evidence that Warren actually lied about her Native American heritage to advance her academic career. The allegation was first brought by Republican Senator Scott Brown, who Warren ran against — and defeated — in 2012. Although there is some discrepancy between varying accounts of her heritage, and although she was reportedly touted at one point by Harvard as a minority faculty member, there remains effectively no evidence that her heritage was ever a big enough issue to get her ahead.

As mentioned, Sen. Warren has responded to the president’s name calling, commenting during an appearance on MSNBC:

‘It is deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it though a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur.’

Originally, while speaking to the elderly Native American war veterans, Trump commented:

‘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.’

Featured Image via Screenshot from ABC