Boy, the United States could be facing a shortage of fainting couches if Donald Trump continues to tweak the sensibilities of the Left and GOP moderates like this. And we couldn’t be happier about it.
NBC News reports that earlier today, during remarks at a White House event honoring Native American military veterans, the president threw in a jab at Massachusetts Democrat Senator, speculated 2020 presidential hopeful, and noted fake Native American Elizabeth Warren:
Trump told the veterans: “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.”
After making the crack, Trump turned to one of the Navajo code talkers, who served in World War II, and said: “But you know what? I like you. Because you are special. You are special people, you are really incredible people.
“Pocahontas,” of course, isn’t just the most widely-recognized female Native American name thanks partly to the historical figure’s loose adaptation into the 1995 Disney animated film of the same name; it’s a nickname Trump gave Warren long ago to denote the fact that she’s a white liberal who shamelessly exploited her 1/32 Cherokee blood to get herself tenure at Harvard and claim minority status for political expediency — a bit of opportunism that spurred the actual Cherokee Indian tribe to release a video denouncing her.
Senator Pocahontas naturally responded soon after, and being unable to deny what a phony she is, she rooted her counterattack in the only cliche she could. Sadly, this time she also has a spokesman for at least one group of real American Indians on her side:
“Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he’s going to shut me up with it,” Warren said 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,” she added […]
John Norwood, general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes, said Trump’s nickname for Warren “smacks of racism.”
“The reference is using a historic American Indian figure as a derogatory insult and that’s insulting to all American Indians,” Norwood said, noting that it was particularly bad in context of the event.
He added that the president should “stop using our historical people of significance as a racial slur against one of his opponents.”
“Racial slur”? Derogatory? These would only make sense as descriptors of Warren’s behavior if she actually was Native American, in which case Trump would be mocking her for her ancestry. But the whole point is her claiming an ancestry that isn’t hers. There’s simply no rational basis to interpret calling Warren “Pocahontas” an insult to actual Native Americans.
Fortunately, plenty of conservatives on Twitter were having none of this nonsense:
Is ‘Pocahontas’ a racial slur? Searching Nexis, having hard time finding examples pre-Warren/Trump.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) November 27, 2017
Why does the press cover for @SenWarren? They report Trump called Warren “Pocahontas” and the press says it’s a slight to Native Americans. But notice how the MSM has stopped explaining that Warren for years exaggerated her background by claiming to be something she isn’t. https://t.co/3M9La5WIW2
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) November 27, 2017
No, derogatorily referring to a person who falsely claimed to be a Native American as Pocahontas is not a racial slur. It demeans no racial or ethnic group. https://t.co/cJUSxkDuXd
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) November 27, 2017
Naturally, White House Press Corps is far more outraged over Trump calling out Warren for faking her heritage than they are over Warren faking her heritage.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 27, 2017
Ace makes another good point worth noting:
Parts of the right can be expected to go into Eek-A-Mouse mode because they need to show their concern over things that are silly because liberals told them to.
I guess the violation here is that you’re not allowed to make jokey asides at a ceremony that’s #SoSerious? But why is that a rule? Who said you can’t be ironic and jokey at something that is inherently celebretary? [sic]
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