Donald Trump’s virulent racism is well documented. From his Muslim travel ban to labeling Mexican immigrants “rapists,” he has utilized bigotry to stir up nativist sentiment to his political advantage.
Trump is also willing to level racist attacks against individuals. On numerous occasions, he has called Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.”
Though it may seem too bizarre to believe, Trump hurled this racial epithet most recently at an event honoring veterans of Native American ancestry.
Appearing alongside Navajo code talkers from WWII, the president briefly praised the veterans as “special people” before veering into a non-sequitur about Warren, stating: “I just want to thank you because you are very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here. Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time … they call her Pocahontas!”
The comment was purportedly met by silence.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s comments, arguing that “Pocahontas” is not offensive and that Warren is in fact the racist one, having used her Native American heritage to get ahead.
Warren fired back on MSNBC:
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.