President Donald Trump had repeated a favorite racial taunt about Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren while addressing Native American veterans of the second world war. He referred to her derisively as “Pocahontas”.
“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said, speaking to the veterans from a podium placed in front of a portrait of US president Andrew Jackson. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren came for him.
“It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States can’t even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur,” Warren said in an interview with Ali Velshi on MSNBC after Trump referred to her as “Pocahontas” at an event honoring Navaho “code talkers” who served in World War II.
She noted that the code talkers “saved the lives of countless Americans and our allies.”
“This was supposed to be an event to honor heroes, people who put it all on the line for our country,” she said.Trump has repeatedly used the derisive nickname to refer to Warren, poking fun at her claim of Native American heritage.
During the event honoring the U.S. veterans, Trump said: “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.”
WATCH: Elizabeth Warren responds to Trump's "Pocahontas" remark 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." pic.twitter.com/au1QntxDzR
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 27, 2017