Trump uses racist slur against Native Americans at event honoring Native American veterans

He did so while standing in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office.


During an event with Native American code talkers at the White House on Monday afternoon, President Trump deployed a racist slur against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), calling her “Pocahontas.”

Standing beside some of the few surviving Native Americans who served during World War II, Trump said, “You’re very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here. Although 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, because you are special,” Trump continued.

Trump has repeatedly employed the slur against Warren.

But Trump’s use of the slur during an event meant to honor Native Americans, in the Oval Office of the White House, was unprecedented.

During an appearance on MSNBC shortly after the event, Warren reacted to Trump’s comments, saying, “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.”

“Look, Donald Trump does this over and over thinking someone he’s going to shut me up with it — it hasn’t worked in the past, it’s not going to work in the future,” she added.

If Trump’s remarks weren’t troubling enough, Monday’s Oval Office event with the Native American code talkers was held in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, whose Indian Removal Act led to the deaths of 4,000 Cherokee and Creek tribe members.

In March, Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan to visit Jackson’s Tennessee home.

The White House defended Trump’s use of the slur.

“I think what most people find offensive is Sen. Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said during a news briefing later Monday afternoon.