Eric Trump tried and failed to defend his father’s casual racism at an event honoring Native American veterans Monday.
Trump spoke at an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers who fought in World War II on Monday and could not help but take a jab at Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump told the veterans. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”
Trump made the comments while standing in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830.
Warren told CNN she “really couldn’t believe” Trump would make the comment at such an event.
“There he was, at a ceremony to honor Native Americans, men who have really put it all on the line to save American lives, to save lives of people, our allies, during World War II, really amazing people. And President Trump couldn’t even make it through a ceremony to honor these men without throwing in a racial slur,” Warren told Anderson Cooper.
Numerous White House reporters grilled press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on why Trump felt it was appropriate to use a “racial slur” in any context. Sanders insisted that “Pocahontas” was not a racial slur.
“The irony of an ABC reporter (whose parent company Disney has profited nearly half a billion dollars on the movie ‘Pocahontas’) inferring that the name is ‘offensive’ is truly staggering to me,” he tweeted.
The irony of an ABC reporter (whose parent company Disney has profited nearly half a billion dollars on the movie “Pocahontas”) inferring that the name is “offensive” is truly staggering to me.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) November 28, 2017
Twitter was truly staggered by his hot take.
Dude, that was her name. The problem is not calling someone by their name it's
1. Referring to a race by one person's name
2. Using it as an insult.
As if I wanted to imply someone's white & not smart & I just call them an Eric
(It's actually worse than that, but jokes be jokes)
— jenesaiswha (@jenesaiswha) November 28, 2017
the irony of an ineffectual son (whose parent has profited nearly a million dollars on fraudulent charities set up through family foundations) inferring that the company affiliation of a reporter is disqualifying is truly staggering to me
— Bernie Bernstein (@greenbean99999) November 28, 2017
Are you actually this dumb or is it just an act to appear this dumb?
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) November 28, 2017
the movie is about the real Pocahontas u stupid ass. ur dad is taking the name and using it as a slur. racist what part of that do u not get? just how dumb are you?
— @nyc_oz (@nyc_oz) November 28, 2017
As others have noted, and I feel compelled to reiterate, you have the intellectual capacity of a ham rolled in hair.
— Teenage Phlebotomy (@lumpyprole) November 28, 2017
Disney told the story of Pocahontas. Your dipshit father used her name to try to trash talk someone, in turn, insulting an entire culture of proud people. You actually don't get that? Put a helmet on.
— Ryder (@ryderfm) November 28, 2017