Just days after he declared November National Native American Heritage Month, President Donald Trump tweeted a racist jibe to Sen. Elizabeth Warren referring to her as “Pocahontas.”
“Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.
The President of the United States has repeatedly referred to Warren, the Democrat senior senator from Massachusetts as “Pocahontas,” a dig at her heritage.
Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
The tweet came just days after Trump honored “American Indians and Alaska Natives” who “are inextricably linked with the history of the United States.”
The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.”
Warren responded with her own tweet, accusing Trump of trying to take attention away from the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation: “You might think your tweets are cute, @realDonaldTrump, but they won’t stop Mueller’s investigation or keep your people out of jail.”
You might think your tweets are cute, @realDonaldTrump, but they won’t stop Mueller's investigation or keep your people out of jail.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) November 3, 2017