The mainstream media have been in a meltdown over President Trump cracking an Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” joke during an event honoring the Navajo Code Talkers on Monday. Now on Tuesday, with their outrage not yet simmering, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has joined in as well.
Talking to the code talkers after their own president gave an incredible speech, Trump said, “I just wanted to thank you, because you’re very, very special people. 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.
According to Fox News, she used her claim of Indian ancestry to get a job at Harvard Law School back in 1996. The Harvard Crimson at the time touted Warren as a Native American in a piece about the otherwise lack of diversity in the school’s faculty.
Despite that, there’s little else the mainstream media wanted to talk about all evening aside from how flabbergasted they were at what Trump said. After Warren herself called Trump’s joke a “racial slur,” media hosts and commentators went after him for being “offensive” and using a “racially charged insult.”
“Just because you say you’re not racist doesn’t make it so,” exclaimed CNN’s Don Lemon, according to the Huffington Post. “Especially if you say, do and defend racist behavior over and over and over again.
GQ political commentators Keith Olbermann even said, “I am confident now even more so than I have been throughout the last year that this nightmare presidency of Donald John Trump will end prematurely and soon” before announcing his retirement from political commentary after a season of bashing Trump more than just about any liberal has.
McCain also sided with Trump’s detractors in a tweet, writing, “Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Navajo Code Talkers, whose bravery, skill & tenacity helped secure our decisive victory over tyranny & oppression during WWII. Politicizing these genuine American heroes is an insult to their sacrifice.”
What McCain may have missed, though, was the rest of the Navajo Code Talkers ceremony where Trump greatly honored their role in World War II and even tossed aside his own speech because it was unnecessary after the riveting address the group’s own president delivered.
Trump’s supporters defended his joke, starting with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was badgered by reporters about it on Monday.
She replied, “I think what most people find offensive is Sen. Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career,” according to The Hill.
Trump’s son Eric weighed in as well, writing on Twitter, “The irony of an ABC reporter (whose parent company Disney has profited nearly half a billion dollars on the movie ‘Pocahontas’) inferring that the name is ‘offensive’ is truly staggering to me.”
Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor added, “The media don't want to explain that Sen. Elizabeth Warren built her entire career on the laughable claim that she was part Native-American. Rather than using an ethnic slur, Trump is actually defending Native Americans against Warren's disgusting abuse of affirmative action.”
Breitbart also pointed out talk show host Bill Maher called Warren "Pocahontas" to her face during a TV interview earlier this year, and she didn't call him a racist at the time or even react to it. Watch the brief video clip of that moment below:
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