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Trump Makes ‘Pocahontas’ Joke At Navajo Veterans Ceremony

Trump Makes ‘Pocahontas’ Joke At Navajo Veterans Ceremony

Donald Trump made a racial joke about Native Americans on Monday during a White House ceremony honoring Navajo code talkers of the Second World War. While addressing Native American veterans, Trump repeated a taunt about Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren, a political opponent who he refers to cynically as “Pocahontas”.

“I just want to thank you because you are very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said. “Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time, longer than you….. they call her Pocahontas!”

He then turned to one of the code talkers behind him, put his left hand on the man’s shoulder and said: “But you know what, I like you. You are special people.”

“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. Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he is going to shut me up with it. It hasn’t worked out in the past, it isn’t going to work out in the future,” said Warren to MSNBC shortly after Trump’s remark.

Meanwhile White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has said the use of “Pocahontas” was not a racial slur and that it “certainly was not the President’s intent” to use a racial slur.

“I don’t believe that it is appropriate” to use a racial slur, Sanders said during her daily briefing, but added that she didn’t think Trump’s comment was such a slur.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said in a statement that he appreciated “the honor and recognition that has been bestowed upon the Navajo Code Talkers” but noted “all tribal nations still battle insensitive references to our people.”

“The prejudice that Native American people face is an unfortunate historical legacy,” Begaye said. “As Native Americans, we are proud people who have taken care of this land long before there was the United States of America and we will continue to fight for this Nation.”

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November 28th, 2017

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