Trump Revives Racist ‘Pocahontas’ Slur Against Warren, Donald Jr. Responds: ‘Savage!’
President Donald Trump apparently wasn’t paying attention or maybe he was when Native American leaders blasted his “racist” use of “Pocahontas” as a slur against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). He resurrected it again Saturday in a tweet. But what was more startling was his eldest son’s response using a astonishing term: “Savage!!! I love my president!”
Trump wondered mockingly in a tweet Saturday if Warren would be the nation’s “first Native American presidential candidate” — denigrating both Warren and appearing to characterize the idea of a Native American candidate as unimaginable.
Warren has been criticized for referring to her Native American heritage. Though a DNA test last year indicated she likely had a Native American ancestor, she is not the member of any tribe.
She apologized last week to the Cherokee Nation, whose leaders have said that being a tribal citizen is “rooted in
centuries of culture and laws — not through DNA.”
He was likely referring to the president’s comment as “savage,” but it was shockingly tone deaf — or a chilling
Donald Trump Jr. responded to his father’s tweet on Instagram incorporating an astonishing term — “savage” — harkening back to the height of the nation’s racism amid massacres of thousands of Native Americans. He added: “I love my president.”
Donald Jr.’s Instagram post also included one response to the president’s tweet that joked about the “Native
American genocide” which “continues with another murder by the president,” apparently referring to Warren.
“Keep up the work as a mouthpiece for hate,” was one response on Donald Jr.’s Instagram post. “Yes, let’s continue to make jokes about the Native American genocide,” another noted sarcastically.