President Donald Trump took a fun little jab at Elizabeth Warren at a recent event honoring American Indian “code talkers” who helped and fought during World War II.
I thought it was funny… but according to one reporter there, the joke got nothing but an “awkward silence” from the Navajo members in attendance.
“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!”
The joke is, of course, in reference to Trump’s long-standing joke at referring to the Senator as “Pocahontas”
“Pocahontas is not happy, she’s not happy. She’s the worst. You know, Pocahontas — I’m doing such a disservice to Pocahontas, it’s so unfair to Pocahontas — but this Elizabeth Warren, I call her ‘goofy,’ Elizabeth Warren, she’s one of the worst senators in the entire United States Senate.”
Trump is referring to Warren’s self-proclaimed Native American heritage, which we and many other news outlets covered extensively when it came up during Warren’s 2012 run for Senate. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s supporters have already caught on to the nickname.
There was some muffled laughter in the background, so it wasn’t quite awkward silence. I’d even say that they wanted to let the President of the United States finish his thought.
“There he was, at a ceremony to honor Native Americans, men who have really put it all on the line to save American lives, to save lives of people, our allies, during World War II, really amazing people. And President Trump couldn’t even make it through a ceremony to honor these men without throwing in a racial slur,” Warren told Cooper on “Anderson Cooper 360.”
Warren said Monday that she had learned about her family from her parents and grandparents.
“I learned about my family the way that most people learn about their families,” Warren said. “My brothers and I learned from our mother and our daddy and our grandparents who we are. And that’s it. That’s how we learned it. That’s what we know.”