May 27, 2016 – Like many school kids know, nicknames can stick, and Donald Trump has plenty of them. He’s christened “Lyin Ted” and “Crooked Hillary,” and now “Pocahontas” is the new one aimed at Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren. Trump has doubled down on her nickname by also referring to her as “Goofy Elizabeth Warren.”
I find it offensive that Goofy Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, pretended to be Native American to get in Harvard.
Warren, senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, has given steady and vocal opposition to Trump as she speaks and tweets warnings of what a Trump presidency would bring. During her speech Tuesday at the Center for Popular Democracy’s gala she used the presumptive GOP nominee’s response to the 2008 financial crisis as a way to highlight his selfish and dishonest characteristics.
“I’ll tell you exactly what kind of a man does that,” she said. “It is a man who cares about no one but himself. A small, insecure, money-grubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt, so long as he makes a profit off it.”
“Is that offensive? You tell me.”
Trump has taken notice of Warren’s crusade and responded with now traditional Trump tactics by retaliating with insults of his own and using the controversy as a way to compliment himself. During a press conference Thursday in North Dakota, Trump responded to a reporter’s question by asking “Who? Pocahontas?” to clarify they were speaking about Warren. Another reporter, Native American Nicole Robertson, spoke up and said “That’s very offensive.”
“Is that offensive? You tell me,” Trump responded. He then said the term again and went on to say that Warren’s tweets don’t get much attention but people take notice when he posts about her.
“People still have stereotypes of indigenous people, and calling a Native American woman ‘Pocahontas’ by any means is not doing us any justice. In fact, it’s putting us back into the Dark Ages,” Robertson said.
Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo social worker and activist, explained the term “Pocahontas” as a “hypersexualized sort of stereotype” in a conversation with Yahoo News. Blackhorse also stated that Native American women are more likely to be sexually assaulted by non-native men.
Trump has been been heard using the controversial term a lot over the past couple weeks as videos of his rallies get uploaded. On Wednesday of this week, he went off on Warren again during a speech in Anaheim, California criticizing her ability as a Senator and saying she’s being used as a big mouth since Clinton has to act presidential.
Does Trump’s name calling of “Pocahontas” highlight an offensive stereotype or is he just having some fun from an old Warren controversy? VOTE and COMMENT below…