If Donald Trump has proven one thing during his tumultuous presidential campaign, it’s that he is adept at offending large groups of people with off-the-cuff remarks. By now, the laundry list of groups who have taken exception with Trump’s rhetoric is well known, as the real estate mogul has estranged Mexicans, Muslims, handicapped people, women, and a number of other groups with his controversial jabs and assertions. Native Americans might be next in line to demand an apology from The Donald, as the outspoken GOP front-runner recently took a swipe at prominent Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, making light of controversy surrounding her purported heritage.
In an interview with Maureen Dowd for The New York Times, Donald Trump jokingly referred to Warren as “Pocahontas,” the name of a legendary Native American woman whose story was adapted for a popular Disney animated film. The comment followed Dowd’s question about whether or not Donald Trump has been pressured to tone down his online spat with the senator.
“When I asked if he had been chided by any Republicans for his Twitter feud with Elizabeth Warren, he replied, ‘You mean Pocahontas?’ So much for reining it in.”
Donald Trump and Elizabeth Warren sparred for a lengthy stretch last week in perhaps the only Twitter war that eclipsed the beef between Azealia Banks and Zayn Malik. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Warren took Trump to task over his “dangerous” policies and “reckless” words in one tweet, prompting the presumptive Republican nominee to brand her as “goofy” in a subsequent reply. Later in their back and forth sniping, Donald Trump made reference to Warren’s “phony Native American heritage.”
Back in March, Donald Trump referred to Elizabeth Warren as “the Indian,” when asked to respond to some of her previous online critiques. Trump dismissed Warren, suggesting that her attitude was part of the problem in today’s America.
“The problem with the country right now is it’s so divided,” Trump said in comments reported by CNN. “People like Elizabeth Warren really have to get their act together because it’s going to stay divided.”
A 2015 report by Think Progress also chronicled Donald Trump’s intense business rivalries with Native American-owned casinos, including his connection to a 2000 ad campaign that allegedly cast casino owners from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe as drug users and criminals. Trump also feuded with Pequot Indians several years prior, reportedly telling a Congressional subcommittee that Native Americans should not be allowed to own casinos due to their involvement with organized crime. His claims were later refuted by a representative from the FBI.
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