Trump Repeats Racist-Misogynist Pocahontas Slur Under Andrew ‘Indian Killer’ Jackson’s Portrait at Native American Veterans’ Event

“Once again, we call upon the president to refrain from using her name in a way that denigrates her legacy,” the National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel said.

During a White House event to honor surviving Navajo code talkers, President Donald Trump took the opportunity to use the name of Pocahontas of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia to continue his ongoing dispute with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and his trend of disrespecting women.

Trump and the three men representing hundreds of Native American code talkers who served during World Wars I and II communicating top-secret coded messages during battles stood in the Oval Office in front of a portrait of President Andrew “Indian Killer” Jackson.

Jackson spent years leading brutal campaigns against the Creeks in Alabama and Georgia and the Seminoles in Florida. As a result, hundreds of thousands of acres of land were transferred from Indian nations to white farms. As president he signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830, resulting in massive deaths of Native Americans.

“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said to the men, who are in their 90s. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”

“Pocahontas” was a reference to Warren. He continued, “But you know what, I like you. Because you are special. You are special people. You are really incredible people.”

National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel, a decorated U.S. Army officer and Vietnam War combat veteran, said Monday that Trump’s “use of the name Pocahontas as a slur to insult a political adversary” overshadowed the true purpose of the White House ceremony.

“Today was about recognizing the remarkable courage and invaluable contributions of our Native code talkers,” Keel said in a statement. “That’s who we honor today and everyday — the three code talkers present at the White House representing the 10 other elderly living code talkers who were unable to join them, and the hundreds of other code talkers from the Cherokee, Choctaw, Comanche, Lakota, Meskwaki, Mohawk, Navajo, Tlingit, and other tribes who served during World Wars I and II.

“We also honor the service and bravery of all of our veterans and those currently serving from Indian Country. Native people serve in the Armed Forces at a higher rate than any other group in the country, and have served in every war in this nation’s history.”

Keel also made clear that Pocahontas was not to be disrespected.

“And we honor the contributions of Pocahontas, a hero to her people, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia, who reached across uncertain boundaries and brought people together,” he said. “Once again, we call upon the president to refrain from using her name in a way that denigrates her legacy.”

Trump, who just this weekend denied the validity of the infamous recording where he bragged about grabbing women by the genitalia, began publicly disrespecting the two women, Pocahontas and Warren, on the presidential campaign trail.

“Hillary Clinton has somebody — did you ever hear of Pocahontas?” Trump said in May 2016 at a rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “It’s Pocahontas — Elizabeth Warren.”

“She said she was an Indian,” Trump continued. “She said because her cheekbones were high, she was an Indian, that she was Native American.

“She is probably the senator that’s doing just about the least in the United States Senate,” he added. “She’s a total failure.”

Questions regarding Warren’s ancestry arose in 2012, at which time it became public that Warren self-identified as Native American. Warren received criticism because no evidence could be found to substantiate her claim. But Warren has stated that she is “proud” of her heritage: “These are my family stories,” Warren said at the time of the controversy.

In an interview Monday afternoon with NBC New York, Warren referred to Trump’s comment as a “racial slur.”

“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 said.

“Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he’s gonna shut me up with it. It hasn’t worked in the past, it is not gonna work in the future.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the characterization of Trump’s remark as a racial slur.

“I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career,” Sanders told reporters.

Trump’s comment on Monday immediately trended on social media. The word “Pocahontas” appeared 12 times on Twitter every second, according to social media analytics company Zoomph, Reuters reports.

The American Civil Liberties Union tweeted:

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    • Agree. It would be nice to have an adult like Pence in the White House. And somewhat similarly, a couple-two-t’ree years ago, heard a wise old man wishing for a president that seemed to prefer and appreciate America over all the other countries out there. I agreed with that guy then, too.

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      • As a resident of Indiana, I disagree about Pence being an adult, Pence has pulled some really childish stunts at the expense of taxpayers, although I would agree that just about anybody would be an improvement.

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          • Yea, like Wes Goodman, republican state senator, caught having sex with a man in his legislature office!

            The anti-LGBTQ, married, Christian man who’s married to a woman who is assistant director of an annual anti-abortion rally known as “march for life” has been busted cheating on his wife with a man!

            What’s done in the dark, will come to light!

    • CHARITY DELL

      DAWN–I highly recommend that #45 read the following titles:

      1. THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.
      Timothy Harper. Alpha, 2007.

      2. U.S. CONSTITUTION FOR DUMMIES.
      Dr. Michael Arnheim. For Dummies, 2009.

      Maybe Luke can hook him up! :-)

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  • Where is the tweet from T-rump saying how well the ceremony went? Too ignorant, stupid, and dumb for words to describe! A new word will have to be added to the dictionary to describe T-rump.

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    • Yeah, it was dumb, but that’s typical trumpf for you. Also, Sanders didn’t even have to make that remark about Warren—who stated in a recent interview that she never used her ethnicity to get ahead anywhere. I’ve been told since I was a child that our family (we’re black,btw) also has Indian (Cherokee) ancestry, even though I haven’t found any actual proof of it, other than hearing that a great-grandparent was part or full Indian. Given that my family roots are in the deep South,I believe more than likely it’s true,though. I read a story in the the New Yorker about Warren years ago, around the time she started becoming a political player. Basically her parents ran off and eloped before she was born, and she found out later on that the main reason that happened was because her fraternal grandparents didn’t want her dad to marry her mother because he was part Indian—that was the story in her family. I’m guessing that the remark she made about saying she was Indian for affirmative action purposes was made as a joke, but it’s ridiculous how trumpf can’t ever say a damn thing about her without bringing that up. Especially since she made that remark at least a decade ago, yet he’s still beating that like a dead horse. How pathetic.

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      • Charity Dell

        SQUAWK–Maybe the Dumpy Donmeister is envious of those of us who DO have Native American heritage.
        He is clearly OBSESSED with Pocohantas, but he knows NOTHING about the First Nations who were here
        for centuries prior to the European colonial expansion.
        He needs to get obsessed with some courses in STATECRAFT–oh wait, you have to READ BOOKS to do that!
        Don’t let him find out about SACAJAWEA–he’ll wear that name out, too!

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  • No excuse, no explanation, no reason, no class. From what I’ve seen and heard from people from there, he’s New YorkJersey at their worst. Still prefer him to Hillary/Bill/Chelsea/Huma Clinton, tho.

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  • To me, it seems like the most problematic thing about this whole situation is the picture of Jackson, not Trump’s Pocahontas dig. I mean, that’s like inviting the Tuskegee Airmen to a function and having Governor George Wallace’s picture up there. Well, no, it’s much worse than that.

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  • You all didn’t know. What’s not being discussed in these comments and this article is Warren’s lame and typical attempt along with other White people to appropriate something as their own to get ahead.

    Whites claiming to be Native Americans who aren’t indegious is
    nothing new. Go back a bit and you’ll see Whites claim land designated for indegionous people so they can get it and starve everyone else out. Warren is a joke.

    I actually think Trump was calling her BS on that. But i could be wrong

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/912337001

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