President Trump mocked Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) with his “Pocahontas” slur at an event celebrating Native American code talkers.
During an event at the White House honoring Native Americans who used their native tongue to share messages while serving in World War II, Trump repeated his go-to nickname for Sen. Warren, and was met with awkward silence, according to USA Today. While he didn’t mention Warren by name, it’s widely assumed the jab was meant for the senior senator from Massachusetts.
“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump told the code talkers. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”
As of this writing, Warren has not responded to Trump’s insult on any of her social media accounts. However, earlier this month, she responded to a “Pocahontas” jab by telling the president that his insults wouldn’t stop special counsel Robert Mueller from investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia, or “keep [Trump’s] people out of jail.”
Warren is likely too busy defending her brainchild — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) — from Trump’s appointment of Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to head the agency.
The CFPB has been embroiled in a leadership dispute ever since the departure of former CFPB director Richard Cordray. While the president is charged with appointing a director to the agency, the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation that created the agency stipulates that if a director resigns, the deputy director will succeed them for the remainder of their term. As a Republican member of Congress, Mulvaney called the CFPB “a sick, sad joke.”
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.