Families of Navajo war veterans say they're dumbfounded that President Donald Trump took a political jab at a USA senator at an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers. When anchor Alisyn Camerota asked whether it amounted to an ethnic slur, he said yes.
Trump, during the meeting with three ageing Navajo "code talkers" who helped keep allied operations secret during World War II, chose to throw etiquette out of the window and attacked a Democratic Party rival - Elizabeth Warren - by calling her Pocahontas. Warren says her parents told her of the Native American connection and she listed herself with that heritage in law school directories to meet others with similar backgrounds.
Yesterday, President Donald Trump created a firestorm of controversy when he tossed out his favorite insult for Sen.
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Begaye also said that Trump's language "kind of ruined the whole ceremony" but that Native Americans are "still holding our heads high" and will "continue to outlive any kind of racial remarks".
"You were here long before any of us were here - although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago".
Trump held the ceremony hosting the Navajo code talkers in the Oval Office, where a large portrait of Jackson was hung, who in 1830, signed the Indian Removal Act, which led to the forced removal, relocation and deaths of thousands of Native Americans.
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Instead, the comments have drawn the wrath of one Indigenous organisation and Senator Warren has accused the President of making a racial slur.
Watch This: Native American leaders have called out President Trump after he referred to Sen. Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he is going to shut me up with it.
But Trump's jab on Monday was met a backlash from critics who said the president should not have used this forum to toss around that nickname.
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"I've seen men and women of all ages break down in tears in honor and in awe of meeting them in person and they subsequently share their personal or family stories about how the Code Talkers affected their lives". In the space of 19 seconds, he managed to be both condescending and racist toward Native Americans.
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