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Trump, honoring Navajos, revives ‘Pocahontas’ jab at Warren

By in Press Enterprise on November 27, 2017

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used an event honoring Native American veterans Monday to take a shot at Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whom he has long derided as “Pocahontas.”

Trump welcomed three Navajo code talkers from World War II to the Oval Office. He called them “incredible” and “very special people.”

And then he added: “We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what, I like you.”

The Republican president has repeatedly mocked the Massachusetts senator for claims she has made about being part Native American.

Native American leaders have called Trump’s past attacks on Warren offensive and distasteful. Some Democrats have called the remark racist.

Warren quickly denounced Trump’s comments.

“This was supposed to be an event to honor heroes, people who put it all on the line for our country, who, because of their incredible work, saved the lives of countless Americans and our allies,” Warren said in an interview 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.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2015. (File photo by Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said a racial slur “was certainly not the president’s intent.”

The president has long feuded with Warren, an outspoken Wall Street critic who leveled blistering attacks on Trump during the campaign. He has seized in particular on questions about her heritage, which surfaced during her 2012 Senate race challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

During that campaign, law school directories from the Association of American Law Schools from 1986 to 1995 surfaced that put Warren on the association’s list of “minority law teachers” when she […]    

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