President Trump held an event at the White House on Monday to honor Navajo veterans but off of the veterans and used it to offend Native Americans by referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, as Pocahontas.
Now, we shouldn’t be terribly surprised the president took advantage of a moment that was supposed honor people to offend them instead. We also shouldn’t be surprised Native Americans are yet again the butt of a national joke.
Not only is Trump’s comment offensive in the first place, but with the context of the scene and his reference, the gaffes continue to add up.
Trump Jackson as one of his favorite previous presidents, which makes sense considering his fervent efforts to remove undocumented citizens from the country and prevent future immigrants from entering.
The fact that Trump used Pocahontas as his insult brings more offense. Portrayals of Pocahontas in media have incorrectly represented Native Americans.
The Disney movie romanticized the history of Pocahontas in an attempt to make her a strong female character who chooses duty over love.
However, our government knows a lot about forcing young women into relationships with older men, so this as well shouldn’t come as a surprise that Trump said what he did.
Trump should have kept his mouth shut. If he had refrained from insulting Warren and stuck to honoring the Navajo veterans, this could have been a rare good moment for the president.
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