Senator Al Franken told Jake Tapper on Sunday, that “Pocahontas,” President Trump’s nickname for Senator Elizabeth Warren is racist.
Tapper: Let me show you what President Trump said about her this week he was meeting privately with ten senators at the White House and he told the Democrats in the room “Pocahontas is now the face of your party,” that’s an obvious reference to the controversy over with Elizabeth Warren’s claim of a Native American heritages. What’s your response you see that Pocahontas is now the face of your party
Franken: I heard this from a couple of my colleagues who were there, and I–I would have said something.
Tapper: What would have you said?
Franken: Mr president with all due respect that’s racist don’t– please stop doing that. I’m on Indian Affairs this is completely unacceptable you really should stop doing this it doesn’t serve anybody. something like that
Trump’s Pocahontas nickname is not a slight against Pocahontas or Native Americans, it’s an attack on Elizabeth Warren for lying about her background.
According to The Boston Globe, back in 1984, Warren and members her family contributed recipes to a Native American cookbook, where she signed her name Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee. Then in 1986, Warren listed herself as a “minority” in the American Association of Law Schools’ directory of faculty, which is commonly used by recruiters. In the early 1990s, she was hired by Harvard as a law professor, and the university actually touted Warren’s phony ancestry. By 1995, once she had achieved tenure, Warren stopped listing herself as a minority.
Of course after being exposed, Warren claimed that she didn’t know Harvard had used her unconfirmed heritage to appear more diverse. Warren also denied that she ever used her unproven lineage to gain a professional advantage. Instead of coming clean in 2012 during the height of the controversy, Warren continued to spin her Indian fairy tale.
I still have a picture on my mantel at home, and it’s a picture my mother had before that, a picture of my grandfather. And my Aunt Bea has walked by that picture at least 1,000 times, remarked that he … had high cheekbones like all of the Indians do, because that’s how she saw it. And she said, ‘And your mother got those same great cheekbones, and I didn’t.’
Here’s the bottom line. President Trump’s nickname of Pocahontas for Elizabeth Warren is not even close to being racist, it has nothing to do with Native Americans, it’s all about pointing out that Elizabeth Warren, who as been spending the latest session of the Senate slandering the President’s cabinet picks, is a liar.
Anyone who labels Pocahontas as racist is either a political hack, idiot, or Al Franken, but then I repeat myself.
One more thing: While some may suggest that Tapper served up Franken to blast Trump, it was a legitimate question to Franken who some say is trying to become the “face” of the party about his potential competition. Franken never did answer Tapper’s question, instead turned it into a Trump slam. When one thinks about it, Al Franken must be a racist. After all if there is one thing we learned from the Democrats during the Obama administration, is any criticism of the President is racist.