By Will Mannion
On Monday President Donald Trump hosted an event at the Whitehouse where he wanted to celebrate the Native American Navajo codebreakers for their contribution in World War II. At the event, Trump gave a heartfelt thanks to the Native American vets that were stood beside him and told them that they were ‘a special kind of people’ and that they were here ‘long before us’. During the speech, he decided to poke some fun at Congresswoman Elizabeth Warren for calling herself ‘Native American’, even though she is obviously of Europian decent, by calling her ‘Pocahontas’ in front of his crowd.
“You’re very very special people,” President Trump said to the veterans that attended, “You were here long before any of us were here. Although, we have a representative in Congress who they say they were here a long time ago. They call her [Elizabeth Warren] ‘Pocahontas’ (laughs). But you know what? I like you, because you are special. You are special people. You are really incredible people and from the heart – the absolute heart – we appreciate what you’ve done, how you’ve done it, the bravery you displayed and the love you have for your country.”
President Trump first came up with this nickname for Warren back when he was campaigning for office. In real life, Pocahontas was a famous Native American who lived around the time when English colonists started to settle in America. She was taken to England where she converted to Christianity became a celebrity due to her ancestry. She is possibly one of the most famous Native American icons, hence why Trump decided to call Warren ‘Pocahontas’.
It is unknown whether Warren actually is Native American, even though she has no evidence of this whatsoever, or perhaps should could be what one would call ‘transracial’. This is a social justice movement very similar to the transgender movement who believe that people of a certain ethnicity can be trapped in the wrong body. This means that anyone who thinks they should be black, when they are actually white, can identify as black if they choose to. Rachel Dolezal, a key speaker in this movement, identifies as black even though she has white skin. Many have taken after her in doing this. This means that, due to the massive embrace of that movement by the same people who endorse the transgender movement, Warren can identify as a Native American if she chooses and anyone who disagrees is a racist.
Trump has recieved backlash from the Mainstream Media over his joke, which they decided to take seriously, and he was branded ‘racist’ over his comments.
Many twitter users and left-wing bloggers expressed their outrage over President Trump’s joke. One example of this is a tweet from @OhNoSheTwitnt where she states that nicknaming someone Pocahontas is racist, even if Warren isn’t even Native American to begin with!
Some defended Trump’s joke and questioned Warren over her ethnicity, saying that Warren should have a DNA test to prove her claim of having Native American heritage. This ultimatley would prove whether Warren can be considered as a truthful politician, or not.
The biggest question is whether what President Trump said was of bad taste. Although it certainly was a funny joke to many, was it appropriate considering the time and place? Did President Trump have the correct audience for that joke?
The answer lies with those who the left are victimising, did the veterans see President Trump’s Pocahontas joke to be antagonising or did they simply see it as a joke? The double standard for President Trump’s joke would be the Native Americans calling Trump ‘Prince Albert’ for his alleged German ancestry. The only difference would be that Trump has proven that his ancestors are German. Would Trump have taken offence to that?