President Donald Trump referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” during a ceremony meant to honor Native American war heroes was tactless and racist, infers Maria Cardona of The Hill. Intentional or not, using a Native American name as an insult turned it into a racial slur. Clearly Trump used the term to sneakily disparage Warren, which was completely out of place during such an event to begin with. This is reflective of the president’s complete lack of care about whom he insults or how divisive he is. It is also not the first time he has racially offended Native Americans. The statement was racist and highly inappropriate.
The media is wrong in suggesting that President Trump’s “Pocahontas” joke directed at Senator Elizabeth Warren was racist, holds Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist. He didn’t mean it as a racial slur but to mock Warren for having claimed that she is of Native American descent. She has yet to offer proof to back up this claim. What’s even worse is that Warren used her so-called Native American heritage to get ahead in her career. Harvard even listed her as a minority among its staff, which should be considered much more offensive than what Trump said. Maybe the ceremony wasn’t the right place for this remark, but that doesn’t make it racist.