Of course Trump used a racial slur at an event honoring Native American veterans

President Trump held an event in the Oval Office honoring Navajo code talkers.

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You may have survived Thanksgiving with your racist uncle, but President Donald Trump won’t let that feeling of relief last long.

At an event honoring the Navajo code talkers who played a vital role in the U.S. military during World War II, Trump couldn’t stop himself from making a racist dig at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pocahontas.”

After three of the 13 remaining Navajo code talker veterans had the chance to share their history in the Oval Office on Monday, the president got up to give his remarks. The Navajo code talkers served in the Marine corps during World War II, communicating top-secret messages in a code derived from their complex native language.  

Trump immediately handed over a binder of his prepared statements to the veterans, and proceeded to go off book. And that can only mean disaster with him.

In his typical image-obsessed fashion, he first complimented the “good genes” of the elderly veterans. Then things got downright offensive. 

After admiring the Native American veterans’ long history in the United States, he told them, “we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her ‘Pocahontas.'” 

And the moment was as horrifying and awkward as it sounds.

The president’s derogatory nickname for Warren stems from the Massachusetts senator’s claims that she has Cherokee ancestors. Although Warren was criticized by the press during her 2012 Senate race for not being able to back up these claims, Trump seems to think it’s okay to make up a racist nickname for her. 

And as many have pointed out, it’s not okay.

Some also pointed out the tone deaf juxtaposition of celebrating Native American war heroes in front of a presidential portrait of Andrew Jackson, who was responsible for the death and displacement of many Native Americans, and who also happens to be one of President Trump’s favorite predecessors

Sen. Warren responded to the president’s remarks on television shortly after the event.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had other ideas, telling the press corps that she thought categorizing Trump’s “Pocahontas” jab as a slur was “ridiculous.”

UPDATE Nov. 27 3:55 p.m. PT

The Navajo Nation responded to the incident with a statement, insisting that “cultural insensitivity is unfortunate.”

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/27/trump-racial-slur-native-americans/

Author: Billy Roland

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