Trump makes'Pocahontas' jab about Elizabeth Warren to elderly Native Americans in ceremony honoring code talkers President Trump used a ceremony on Monday honoring Navajo code talkers' service in World War II to insult a favorite target, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Trump noted that Native Americans had been in North America longer than other groups, then segued into a crack about Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who has been the subject of controversy for her undocumented claims of partial Native American ancestry. "We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas," Trump said to the elderly men. Trump has used the insult, which many Native Americans find offensive, before, tweeting or retweeting the name 12 times.
On Monday, the White House hosted an event honoring Native American code talkers, who during World War II developed a secret communications system based on their native language that played a crucial role in the war. After initially deferring to his Chief of Staff John Kelly to deliver the ceremony's remarks, the president took to the lectern to offer a few rambling remarks--including a crack at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), who Trump has frequently targeted as "Pocahontas."
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA – Families of Native American war veterans and politicians of both major parties are criticizing President Donald Trump for using a White House event honoring Navajo Code Talkers to take a political jab at a Democratic senator he has nicknamed "Pocahontas." The Republican president on Monday turned to a nickname he often deployed for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the 2016 presidential campaign to mock her claims about being part Native American. He told the three Navajo Code Talkers on stage that he had affection for them that he doesn't have for her. "It was uncalled for," said Marty Thompson, whose great-uncle was a Navajo Code Talker. "He can say what he wants when he's out doing his presidential business among his people, but when it comes to honoring veterans or any kind of people, he needs to grow up and quit saying things like that."