On Monday, during an event honoring Native American veterans who served in World War II, Trump referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as “Pocahontas.”
Trump stated, “You were here long before any of us were here.” He continued, “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”
Trump comments on Elizabeth Warren's heritage at event honoring Native American code talkers:
"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." https://t.co/lKSNecEXfu
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 27, 2017
During the press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to defend Trump’s comment. But the reporters weren’t having it.
Sanders tried to blame Warren by saying that “most people” were offended that Warren “lied” about her Native American heritage. When Sanders was pressed on the issue that the term was a racial slur, Sanders added it was “ridiculous” to describe “Pocahontas” as a racial slur.
Then MSNBC’s Kristen Welker asked, “Why is it appropriate for the president to use the racial slur in any context?”
To which Sanders replied, “I don’t think it is appropriate for him to use a racial slur or anyone else.”
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Welker brought up that many people saw Trump’s remark as a slur and asked Sanders, “Why is it appropriate?”
Sanders replied, “Like I said, I don’t think it is. And I don’t think — that was certainly not the president’s intent.”
Welker fired back saying, “Does he see political value in calling people out racially? Why use that term? Why use that term?”
You can watch the exchange below:
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