President Trump infuriated the mainstream media when he recently referred to Senator Elizabeth Warren as "Pochantas." Pundits quickly labeled the comment a "racial slur" and an example of "cultural insensitivity" during an event honoring the surviving Navajo Code Talkers on Monday afternoon.
“I just wanted to thank you, because you’re very, very special people,” Trump said. “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.’”
Many Americans, however, are not upset by President Trump's comment, but rather found it humorous. This is because Warren is probably not a Native America but has claimed she was in order to advance her academic career. Fox News even speculates that claiming she was a Native American landed her a gig at the prestigious Harvard Law School. In 1996, the university even promoted Warren as a Native American in a newspaper piece celebrating diversity on campus.
Rather than saying his "Pocahontas" comment as an ethnic slur, Trump was actually defending Native Americans against Warren, who according to CNN is only 1/32nd Native American at the very most.
As a result, it appears that a descendant of Pocahontas, Debbie "White Dove" Porreco, doesn't actually take offense to Trump's reference to Elizabeth Warren. In an interview, she was asked whether Trump's use of the term is offensive. Her response will come to a surprise to many.
“I know that he uses ‘Pocahontas’ sometimes with Elizabeth Warren,” Porreco explained. “He said, ‘well does that offend you when I use that?’ And I told him no, it doesn’t offend me.”
“If Pocahontas were alive today, she would be very proud of President Trump,” Porreco said. “Just like Pocahontas was a heroine, Donald Trump is going to be our hero.”
Porreco can be seen in the picture below on the right-hand side.
Yesterday it was revealed that one of the Navajo Code Talkers was also not offended by President Trump's comments. In fact, video footage showed that the code talkers were excitedly greeting President Trump and laughing with him. They seemed very impressed as President Trump praised them.
“Mr. President, we know you’ll succeed,” MacDonald said while 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.”
You can watch the full encounter in the video below.
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