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Trump calls Sen. Warren 'Pocahontas' at event honoring Native American vets

29 November 2017

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is fundraising off of President Donald Trump calling her "Pocahontas" during an event honoring World War II Navajo Code Talkers on Monday.

"I don't believe it is appropriate to use a racial slur in any context".

Trump, during the meeting with three ageing Navajo "code talkers" who helped keep allied operations secret during World War II, made a decision to throw etiquette out of the window and attacked a Democratic Party rival - Elizabeth Warren - by calling her Pocahontas.

Look, is it amusing that Warren once claimed Native American heritage?

She told the Associated Press in 2012 that her parents told her (and her siblings) that they had Native American heritage.

How does Donald Trump keep finding new ways to embarrass the nation?

Faith Spotted Eagle, a prominent Native American activist, said that the use of the word in that setting amounted to "emotional assault" that "carries as much weight as a physical assault", according to a reporter for the Toronto Star.

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During remarks praising their service, he said: "You were here long before any of us were here".

"President Trump couldn't even make it through a ceremony to honor these men without throwing in a racial slur", Warren told Anderson Cooper.

Begaye also said that Trump's language "kind of ruined the whole ceremony" but that Native Americans are "still holding our heads high" and will "continue to outlive any kind of racial remarks".

Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Navajo Code Talkers, whose bravery, skill & tenacity helped secure our decisive victory over tyranny & oppression during WWII. Why did he feel the need to say something that is offensive to many people while honoring the Navajo code talkers? Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he is going to shut me up with it.

This morning, Begaye appeared on cable news to discuss Trump's comments and how they were racially offensive. "It hadn't worked in the past, it is not gonna work in the future".

Navajo Nation Council delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty cited the event as the "latest example of systemic, deep-seated ignorance" about Native Americans. You are really incredible people.

Trump calls Sen. Warren 'Pocahontas' at event honoring Native American vets