Elizabeth Warren Finally Responds To Donald Trump's 'Pocahontas' Slur

Elizabeth Warren Finally Responds To Donald Trump's 'Pocahontas' Slur

In a surprise appearance before the National Congress of American Indians, the Massachusetts Democrat said her mother's family was part Native American and her father's parents "were bitterly opposed to their relationship".

Warren says her parents married in Oklahoma in 1932, and that "the story they lived will always be a part of me".

"Indigenous people have been telling the story of Pocahontas - the real Pocahontas - for four centuries", Ms. Warren said, adding, "And, for nearly as long, her story has been taken away by powerful people who twisted it to serve their own purposes". She frequently has sparred with Trump, who derisively refers to Warren as "Pocahontas" to mock her claim about being part Native American.

Our country's disrespect of Native people didn't start with President Trump.

Trump came under intense fire in November for making a "Pocahontas" joke during an event honoring Native American war veterans. I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead.

"But now we have a president who can't make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing native history, native culture, native people to the butt of a joke", said the MA lawmaker, whose own claims to this ancestry have repeatedly met with scrutiny and been found lacking.

Many others pointed out the speech is an indication that Warren could have presidential ambitions in 2020. "I never used it to advance my career", she added, which was something we heard many times during her nascent Senate campaign - despite having listed herself as a minority in professional directories. If her true ancestry contained no or precious few native elements, then it obviously wouldn't be helpful in attaining a position for which minority status is a sought-after characteristic in potential new hires.

"I'm here today to make a promise: Every time someone brings up my family's story, I'm going to use it to lift up the story of your families and your communities", she told the American Indian gathering.

"We must weave our voices together to make them strong", she said. Warren was also able to contrast her life with that of the wealth and privilege of Donald Trump.

There are several companies that offer DNA testing for less than $100, if Warren has 1% Native American blood it will show up in the results. To help her, I have drafted an apology, which she has my full permission to appropriate. "Except Smith was almost 30, and Pocahontas was about 10 years old, whatever happened between them, it was no love story".

On Tuesday, The Daily Caller reported that Warren was conspicuously not scheduled to speak at the Tribal Nations Policy Summit in Washington, DC, despite being the only Senator to claim a Native American heritage.

After her speech, Warren tweeted: "I've noticed that when my name comes up, @realDonaldTrump likes to talk about Pocahontas". "But the kind of violence President Jackson and his allies perpetrated isn't just an ugly chapter in a history book".