Navajo Nation to Trump after 'Pocahontas' comment: 'Cultural insensitivity is unfortunate'

One critic said Mr Trump's quip 'demeaned the contributions' of the veterans

"The prejudice that Native American people face is an unfortunate historical legacy", said Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye.

"Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time - longer than you. But you know what, I like you".

He was at the time welcoming Native Americans to the White House yesterday, when he targeted Congresswoman Elizabeth Warren, one of his political foes. Warren called Trump's remarks "the very worst of gutter politics" and a blatant ploy to keep the American people "distracted". "They call her 'Pocahontas'". "Pocahontas" - during a White House event to honor Navajo code talkers.

Genealogist Chris Child of the New England Historic Society looked into Warren's background and found a document stating that she has a great-great-great-grandmother who is Native American, which would make her 1/32 Cherokee, NPR reported. But you don't make "Pocahontas" jokes when you are honoring "three Navajos who helped the U.S. Marine Corps develop a secret code during the Second World War" The Hill reports.

"It's really hard to say that a DNA test would be able to identify how much Native American ancestry a person has", Garrison told the Washington Post.

Trump made the comment at an event honouring Native American veterans
Image Trump made the comment at an event honouring Native American veterans

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used that as a defense of Trump's comment at the Monday press briefing. "What Trump displayed today was an embarrassment to our values and a disgraceful insult to the heroes of our history". Warren says she did this to try to meet people of similar heritage.

When asked whether it was a racial slur, Sanders said that was "ridiculous". "Senator Warren was offensive when she lied about something to advance her career".

Warren herself additionally responded to Trump's dig, telling MSNBC, "It was deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States can not even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur".

She also defended the decision to honor the Navajo veterans near a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who is widely reviled by Native Americans.


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