The mainstream media dropped the ball again. After President Trump made a Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” joke during an event honoring the surviving Navajo Code Talkers on Monday afternoon, all the media could talk about was how outraged they were by Trump’s “cultural insensitivity.” All they mentioned in their many tweets and headlines was the joke, and they totally missed how much the Navajo Code Talkers president praised Trump afterward or the incredible story he had to tell about his and his fellow American Indian’s role in World War II.
“I just wanted to thank you, because you’re very, very special people,” Trump said during the event. “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.’”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has long been jokingly referred to as “Pocahontas” after she claimed back in 2012 that she was part Cherokee and identified closely with other American Indians and their history. The problem is, Warren is — at most — 1/32nd Indian, according to CNN. Even that tiny amount of DNA connection is in doubt.
Trump’s joke earned a smirk from one of the code talkers but spurred outrage across the liberal media. Many called the joke “offensive” and “racist,” and Warren herself later denounced it as a “racial slur,” according to Business Insider.
Upon being badgered by reporters about the joke, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shot back during a press briefing Monday afternoon, saying, “I think what most people find offensive is Sen. Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career,” according to The Hill.
But what was lost in all of this is everything else that happened at the event to honor the code talkers. White House footage showed the code talkers excitedly greeting the president before chit-chatting and joking around with him. At the beginning of his speech, one of them had praise for the president and “this great nation we call United States.”
90-year-old Peter MacDonald, president of the 13 surviving Navajo Code Talkers, told the press members in attendance, “Navajo Code Talkers...in the early part of World War II, the enemy was breaking every military code that was being used in the Pacific. This created a huge problem for strategizing against the enemy. Eventually, a suggestion was made in early 1942...to use Navajo language as a code.”
“Marine Corps recruited 29 young Navajos — not telling them what they’re being recruited for — because this was a top-secret operation,” MacDonald continued. “They volunteered. After going through boot camp — passed boot camp with flying colors — [and] combat training — the same thing — then into Marine Corps communications school. Passed that. Then they were separated from all the rest of the Marines, took them to a top-secret location...that’s where they created a military code to be used in the Pacific.”
He described how they created 260 unwritten code words to confound the enemy and were on the front lines of the attack on Guadalcanal. The first test of Navajo code was a huge success.
MacDonald explained how Gen. Alexander Vandegrift reported, “This Navajo code is terrific. The enemy never understood it. We don’t understand it either. But it works! Send us some more Navajoes.”
The program expanded from there, gaining 400 Navajoes who memorized 600 code words. Every top-secret communication in battle was transmitted with the new code. Code talkers were spread around to communicate with each other and translate the messages into strategic orders.
“Major Conor also said, ‘Without Navajo, Marines would never have taken island of Iwo Jima,” MacDonald related, referring to one of the major battles of World War II.
After the applause faded, MacDonald explained how he’s advocating for the creation of a Navajo Code Talkers museum in order to “present this unique World War II history for our children, grandchildren, your children, your grandchildren....”
“Why?” he asked rhetorically. “Because what we [code talkers] did truly represent who we are as Americans. America, we know, is composed of diverse community. We have different languages, different skills, different talents, and different religion. But when our way of life is threatened, [the] freedom and liberty that we all cherish — we come together as one. And when we come together as one, we are invincible!”
“We cannot be defeated. That’s why we need this National Navajo Code Talker Museum so that our children, the future generation, can go through that museum and learn why America is so strong,” MacDonald concluded.
After the applause, Trump said, “That was so incredible. And now I don’t have to make my speech. We appreciate what you’ve done, how you’ve done it, the bravery that you displayed, and the love that you have for your country.”
In fact, the speech was so good that Trump gave all his notes to MacDonald and only addressed the crowd for a few minutes in order to add his own praise for the code talkers. It was a move that certainly flew in the face of liberal media accusations that Trump was grandstanding with his joke and trying to take all the focus away from the veterans.
And what did the supposedly deeply offended Navajo Code Talkers president say to Trump at the end of the speeches and after the president’s Pocahontas joke?
“Mr. President, we know you’ll succeed,” MacDonald said while enthusiastically shaking Trump’s hand, “America is in good hands. You have all top Marine Corps generals as your assistants here, so we know that we’re in good hands.”
He then gave Trump a thumbs up. Watch the full speech below, which also includes words from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
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