The president has used the slur before to refer to Senator Elizabeth Warren.
On Monday during a White House ceremony honoring Native American war veterans, Donald Trump let fly a racist slur against Senator Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pocahontas.”
“I just want to thank you because you are very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said. “Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time … longer than you — they call her Pocahontas!”
Trump after his sardonic comment put his hand on one of the elder veterans and added, “But you know what, I like you. You are special people.”
During a press conference, a reporter asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee about the president’s remarks.
“The event the president did with the Navajo code talkers, he referred to Pocahontas being in the Senate," said the journalist. "Why would he feel the need to say something that is offensive to many people while honoring the Navajo code talkers?”
“I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career," responded Huckabee adding that she doesn't think the president was using the term as a racial slur.
Senator Warren also responded to Trump’s words in media interviews.
“It is deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur,” Warren told MSNBC.
“I am very proud of my heritage,” Warren told NPR. “These are my family stories. This is what my brothers and I were told by my mom and my dad, my mammaw and my pappaw. This is our lives. And I’m very proud of it.”