Native Americans Outraged Over Trump 'Pocahontas' Comments

Native Americans Outraged Over Trump 'Pocahontas' Comments

Trump, while addressing one member of the Navajo group, said: "I just want to thank you because you are very, very special people".

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who once claimed to have Native American heritage.

Ms Warren was first called Pocahontas by Donald Trump in May 2016, when he was running for office.

Ms Warren told NBC Mr Trump's comments were "deeply unfortunate". "Look, I can explain it to them, but it's real time-consuming, and I have a lot of other stuff to do", she said.

Tara Houska, a Native American activist, told The Independent Mr Trump's words were "appalling and disgusting".

United States President Donald Trump on Monday cracked a Pocahontas joke during an event which was created to honour Native American veterans in the White House's Oval Office.

In an interview with CNN's "New Day", Russell Begaye said that Trump's use of the term repeatedly in the past as well as on Monday during an event honoring Navajo code talkers was "uncalled for".

"We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago", Trump said to the crowd at the White House as he recognized three World War II code talkers.

"I've seen men and women of all ages break down in tears in honor and in awe of meeting them in person and they subsequently share their personal or family stories about how the Code Talkers affected their lives". "What Trump displayed today was an embarrassment to our values and a disgraceful insult to the heroes of our history".

When asked to justify the "offensive" statement at the press conference that followed the event on Monday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders redirected, stating, "I think what people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to further her career".

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

The line of attack of Warren's ancestry goes back to 2012, during her senatorial campaign, when it was revealed that she had listed herself as a minority while working at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Harvard Law School.

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

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