The Truth Behind Why Trump Calls Warren ‘Pocahontas’ Is Insane
Donald Trump is once again causing a controversy with the words that come out of his mouth. Why people let him talk or write anymore is beyond us, but never the less, here we are. Donald Trump calls Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” in a derogatory way that should offend any sensible person. However, even though he went about it the completely wrong way, the reason he calls Warren that is actually oddly or, more accurately, accidentally merited. Now, before you raise the pitchforks, just follow us through what happened and why it happened.
1. Trump has made a habit of putting his foot in his mouth
During a simple honoring ceremony for a few Navajo Code Talkers at the Whitehouse, Donald Trump managed to make an uncomfortable situation way worse when he brought up Elizabeth Warren. Donald Trump has always referred to Warren as “Pocahontas” in a mocking way. So while he was honoring these WWII heroes under a picture of Andrew “Trail of Tears” Jackson, he decided to use what can only be described as a racial slur for a political opponent.
There’s a lot to unpack here, so buckle up for a rough ride. At the end, you may actually think Donald Trump was a little justified in his mockery of Warren. I just puked a little saying that.
Next: Here’s why calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” is racist
2. The way he calls her ‘Pocahontas’ is derogatory
Donald Trump isn’t calling Warren “Pocahontas” in a way that’s praising her for the work she is doing in shaping this nation. It’s not an allegorical comment on her work with Native Americans. He is using the term to disparage her. John Norwood, the general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes, said: “The reference is using a historic American Indian figure as a derogatory insult and that’s insulting to all American Indians.”
Next: Here’s why Trump calls her Pocahontas.
3. Warren claims to be Native American
For decades, Warren has claimed to be of Cherokee descent. Back in 2012 in an article from NPR, Warren said “I am very proud of my heritage. These are my family stories. This is what my brothers and I were told by my mom and my dad, my mamaw, and my papaw. This is our lives. And I’m very proud of it.” Her evidence of her heritage rests solely in those stories passed down by her parents and grandparents.
Next: That evidence has been challenged.
4. Genealogists can’t actually find any hard evidence of her Native heritage
A genealogist, Chris Child, researched Warrens family and found that her great-great-great-great grandmother was Native American. However, the evidence that was found can’t be corroborated as hard evidence, since it is a copy of an application of marriage and is not a primary document. Even if the claim is true, then that would make Elizabeth Warren only 1/32 Native.
Next: Warren still may have benefited from that claim without proof.
5. Did Warren’s career flourish because of her claim?
There was an instance when Harvard claimed Warren as “Native American” when speaking about diversity in their school. Some wondered if she ever used that to get ahead in school. Critics say that she has never used her Native American heritage in that way. She didn’t even use it on her application to the school. That reference that Harvard had claimed came from the American Association of Law Schools directory where Warren had noted her Heritage.
Next: That’s not the only odd place her heritage came up.
6. Warren is also a published Native American chef
Back in 1984, Warren submitted 5 recipes to the Pow Wow Chow cookbook. The recipes were meant to contribute to a collection of Native American dishes that could be cooked at home. It isn’t clear whether or not Warren profited off of those contributions, but what she did do is equally as scandalous; She plagiarized the recipes some of them.
Cultural appropriation is one thing. But when you are culturally appropriating one cultural while appropriating another, it gets pretty shifty really quick.
Next: So was Trump in the right for calling Warren “Pocahontas?”
7. Trump really could have had something
Whether intentional or not, Trump’s way of criticizing Warren for doing something like this is offensive. He has thought of great nicknames that we use around the office and find objectively funny. Nicknames like “Rocketman”, “Lil’ Rubio”, “Lyin Ted Cruz”, etc, and all of them weren’t racist.
We get it; you hear that she may be falsely claiming her Native American heritage and the first thing that pops into your mind is a Native American historical figure made famous by a Disney movie. But Trump’s attempts to be funny and jabby is really just a lazy way of making fun of someone. It just confirms two things: He’s lazy and short-sighted.
As for Warren, she could clear up any doubt in her heritage by taking a DNA test. They’re extremely affordable and can clear everything up. Until that can be proven, she should probably avoid bringing up her “heritage” in any speeches coming up.
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