Saturday night, President Donald Trump added to his lengthy historical past of racist taunts whereas taking one other shot at potential 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren.
Warren, who has claimed Native ancestry (to a lot controversy), formally introduced her bid for the Democratic nomination on Saturday. It was a chance for insult that the combative president simply couldn’t go up.
As we speak Elizabeth Warren, typically referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she determined that after 32 years, this isn’t taking part in so effectively anymore? See you on the marketing campaign TRAIL, Liz!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019
“As we speak, Elizabeth Warren, typically referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President,” Trump tweeted. “Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate or has she determined that after 32 years, this isn’t taking part in so effectively anymore? See you on the marketing campaign TRAIL, Liz!”
Trump has referred to Warren as “Pocahontas” for years, however this time he determined to throw in a mocking reference to the Path of Tears, the place hundreds of Native Individuals died whereas being compelled by the U.S. authorities to relocate.
Swift condemnation adopted Trump’s informal reference to Native American genocide, however Fox Information’ Brit Hume advised a handy excuse for the president: he’s simply too blind to historical past to actually know what he was doing.
Sure, as a result of Trump is famous for his information of 19th century American historical past vis a vis the native inhabitants. Jeez. https://t.co/WYmvB1jg1O
— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 10, 2019
Trump’s ignorance is well-noted, however on this specific case there may be little doubt that he knew what he was referencing. The president has on many events has expressed admiration for Andrew Jackson, who ordered the Path of Tears expulsion of hundreds of Native Individuals from tribal lands. Trump even retains a portrait of Jackson within the Oval Workplace.
If there was any doubt about Trump’s historic information of Native American genocide, there’s additionally the case of his tweet a number of weeks (directed as soon as once more at Elizabeth Warren) that made reference to the Wounded Knee Bloodbath.
Trump’s tweet lampooned a marketing campaign video she appeared in, saying that she ought to have filmed it “from Bighorn or Wounded Knee as an alternative of her kitchen, along with her husband wearing full Indian garb.”
. @brithume is saying that Trump isn’t identified for his information of 19th century historical past and that he couldn’t presumably be referencing the path of tears on this first tweet however only a couple weeks in the past he tweeted about Wounded Knee the place a whole lot of native Individuals had been massacred. pic.twitter.com/7Ru8PHlkeg
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 10, 2019
So it could appear that, sure, Trump knew precisely what he was doing by tweeting “See you on the marketing campaign TRAIL, Liz.”