On Monday, President Trump once again invoked the name "Pocahontas" and unleashed a firestorm of criticism. Trump has repeatedly come under siege in recent years for using the iconic Native American's name to refer to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. This time, the backlash from the public was swifter and harsher than in the past.
People saw the slight, again intended for Sen. Warren, as disrespectful, particularly because Trump used the racially charged moniker during a White House ceremony honoring the Navajo code talkers, a group of Native Americans who aided the U.S. Marines during World War II by transmitting coded messages based on their native languages.
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
Note that I said he "attempted." If you’re feeling perplexed by his tweet, you’re not alone.
here’s the thing, E. the film Pocahontas is about a real person named Pocahontas. Senator Warren is not Pocahontas.— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) November 28, 2017
would you like it if someone called you Hitler since you’re a white guy with german heritage?
Umm...The Disney movie was about Pocahontas..The Person..The real Person!— Alexandra Shepiro (@AlexShepiro) November 28, 2017
Your Father is using "Pocahontas" as a slur..... How do you not see this???
Get your Facts Straight!
Your father doesn't meant it as a compliment. He is the only one who uses the name this way and he does it to attempt to mock a person and only succeeds in revealing the contempt he has for women.— April Snow (@april_s22) November 28, 2017
It's not ironic, and it IS offensive, not only that he still insists on using schoolyard bully tactics that should be beneath him, but that he's using the name of an actual native American as an insult... IN FRONT OF NATIVE AMERICAN HEROES.— Phineas Delgado, Retired Man of Action (@PhineasDelgado) November 28, 2017
great - another trump child we have to teach definitions too -— Lil Booty Boss (@Lil_Booty_Boss) November 28, 2017
Did someone drop you on your head at birth, Eric?— Marguerite (@margcellent) November 28, 2017
Bkz the absolutely ignorant idiocy & nonsensical nature of this tweet is staggering to me.
Disney? Really? That’s all you got? 🤦🏼♀️
It’s literally the name of a Native American woman and the movie is about her. C’mon.— faye5247 (@purplepapillon7) November 28, 2017
What is staggering to me is how the Trump family can be so blind to racial insensitivity. We have seen it in the reaction to Charlottesville, here and many other times. You really should get out more.— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) November 28, 2017
The irony of a grown-ass man not understanding the difference between referring to a real historical character - even if it was a heavily fictionalized account - and applying that reference to someone in a degrading way is truly staggering to me.— Chris Wilson (@cwilso) November 28, 2017
We regret that the President’s use of the name Pocahontas as a slur to insult a political adversary is overshadowing the true purpose of today’s White House ceremony . . .
All humor aside, it was a sad day for Native Americans.