Trump mocks political rival calling her Pocahontas
29 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Katrina Soto
Democratic Senator Tom Udall, who represents New Mexico, said that the ceremony showed just how low Mr Trump could go.
"You're very, very special people", Trump told the veterans at the White House event.
Two Second World War Navajo "code talkers" stood at the podium, with a third seated in a wheelchair as Mr Trump made the remarks, which were greeted with awkward silence.
John Norwood, general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes, told NBC News that he really wishes the president would "stop using our historical people of significance as a racial slur against one of his opponents".
Trump, who has identified Warren as "Pocahontas" before, made the remark during a ceremony Monday recognizing Native American code talkers who served during World War II.
Trump, during the meeting with three ageing Navajo "code talkers" who helped keep allied operations secret during World War II, chose to throw etiquette out of the window and attacked a Democratic Party rival - Elizabeth Warren - by calling her Pocahontas.
"The President certainly (has) an extreme amount of value and respect for these individuals, which is why he spent time. honoring them today", she continued.
Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Navajo Code Talkers, whose bravery, skill & tenacity helped secure our decisive victory over tyranny & oppression during WWII. All while standing in front of the Oval Office portrait of Andrew Jackson, a president whose ethnic cleansing of Natives from their ancestral lands stains his legacy. Along the way, thousands died of cold, disease or hunger. According to a White House press release, five code talkers attended the event.
In his speech, MacDonald urged the creation of a museum commemorating the Code Talkers and preserving their stories for future generations of Americans.
"We have different languages, different skills, different talents, and different religion. Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time, longer than you, they call her 'Pocahontas'".
Q: She said that it was a racial slur. "I don't think that (this) is (a slur)", she responded.
"I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about heritage to advance her career", Sanders said.
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