On Monday, the perpetually racist Trump managed to take the world by surprise by using a racial slur against Native Americans while speaking to Native Americans. Now, Eric Trump has chimed in on the debate on Twitter, and his comments about the situation are ridiculous at best.
At a White House event to honor Navajo code talkers, veterans of World War II, President Trump used the slur while speaking about Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who he’s feuded with in the past.
He 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.’
Check out the video 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 groups have unsurprisingly spoke out against the president using “Pocahontas” as a jab, including representatives of Native American people themselves and reporters who, at the Monday White House press conference, confronted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the situation.
ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked her to respond to Warren saying that it’s racist for Trump to use the term Pocahontas in a derogatory manner, and she called it a “ridiculous accusation.”
It’s Karl’s questioning of Sanders that Eric Trump decided to respond to on Twitter this Tuesday.
‘The irony of an ABC reporter (whose parent company Disney has profited nearly half a billion dollars on the movie “Pocahontas”) inferring that the name is “offensive” is truly staggering to me.’
It’s the stupidity of Eric Trump’s argument that’s “truly staggering.” The Disney movie was about the actual historical figure. The point isn’t that Trump said “Pocahontas,” the point is that Trump used it as a “gotcha” phrase. It would be like if someone called an African American fighting for civil rights “Frederick Douglass.” There’s no way to get around the fact that such would be disrespectful and constitute something offensive towards African Americans.
This shouldn’t really be that hard to grasp, but here we are, thanks to the stupidly belligerent Donald Trump, having to remind people how not to be a racist fool.
Sarah Sanders on President Trump’s “Pocahontas” comment: “I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career.” https://t.co/aMnVDOrCIQ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 27, 2017
It’s not as though this is the first time that the president or any of the other members of his inner circle have put racism on display. Besides the fact that Trump has called Warren “Pocahontas” numerous times in the past, Trump also came into office on the entirely racist premise that Mexican immigrants to this country pose some kind of special threat. In fact, there is no evidence that such is true, although the president’s assertion otherwise underlies his racist proposed wall for the U.S./ Mexico border.
Another core part of Trump’s policy platform — his idea for a completely unnecessary Muslim-targeting travel ban — is also, of course, quite racist, to say the least.
Reality has never been known to get in the way of the Trumps, so they’re just going to continue operating as if their records are squeaky clean on the issue of racism.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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