Why Trump’s “Pocahontas” Joke Isn’t Racist

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Elizabeth Warren claimed she was a Native American because of her "high cheekbones."(AP)
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The mainstream media has demonstrated once again that it is incapable of being taken seriously by taking things too seriously. Moreover, their ire is completely misdirected and overreaching. What’s best, President Trump barely has to do anything to send them into this death spiral.

While honoring the work of Navajo code talkers, whose language skills were crucial in WWII efforts, Trump gave his usual attempt at levity by saying:

“I just want to thank you because you are very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here. Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time … longer than you — they call her Pocahontas!”

The last word, Trump’s nickname for liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is what sparked a media uproar.

The media raged about how the term is used to disparage the Native American culture, and how insensitive Trump is for mentioning it in the presence of real Navajos. Warren herself called the remark a “slur” saying it’s “deeply unfortunate” that the President can’t control himself before such distinguished audiences.

What the media, and Warren herself, leave out is the origin of the nickname. Trump is not making fun of Native Americans or disparaging them in any way, he’s making fun of Elizabeth Warren.

What would warrant such ridicule, one might ask? Well, it’s the fact that Warren declared herself to be a Native American on her application to become a Harvard professor. She used her status as a “minority” to leverage her way through the academic ladder, even being recognized as a Native American faculty member by the Harvard Law School in 1996.

The charade went on until 2012, when the Boston Herald the false nature of Warren’s claims when she was in the middle of her bid for Senate. Several Cherokee tribe members came forward claiming they had looked in to Warren’s heritage, and they came back empty-handed as far as finding any ancestor belonging to their tribe.

In fact, Warren is not a Native American, and that’s the joke.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 27: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks during an event honoring members of the Native American code talkers in the Oval Office of the White House, on November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. 

Trump’s nickname for Warren has nothing to do with Native Americans, because Warren herself does not. Warren claims she was a member of a minority to get ahead, declaring so on numerous documents, falsely.

Once, she even claimed the evidence of her ancestry came from her “high cheekbones.” No, really. She said her family had a portrait of her grandfather over their mantle, and her aunt frequently told a young Lizzie Warren of how envious she was that both her and her mother were gifted with the same high cheekbones he had. Warren claimed that her grandfather’s facial structure was proof of her proud Cherokee heritage.

She later on tried to get away with passing crab bisque as a Native American recipe in a cookbook. Of course, Cherokee Indians did not, in fact, fish for crab in Oklahoma. They preferred game that was actually there, like Bison.

Nevertheless, the media will receive an inch and take a mile, never passing up an opportunity to paint this President as a racist when there is nothing but evidence to the contrary.


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