In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump issued an apology regarding his Pocahontas joke directed toward Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren . He didn’t apologize to the Senator. He apologized to Pocahontas.
O’Reilly asked Trump if he regretted calling Warren “Pocahontas.”
“I do regret calling her Pocahontas,” Trump replied. “Because I think it’s a tremendous insult to Pocahontas. So, Pocahontas, I would like to apologize to you.”
On the day that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump clinched the nomination after surpassing the required number of pledged delegates, a reporter asked him about a recent string of tweets critical of the presumptive GOP nominee by Democrat Elizabeth Warren – the senior senator from Massachusetts. Trump responded, “Who? Pocahontas?”
One reporter asked if that was offensive. “Is it offensive? You tell me,” Trump responded.
Then, Nicole Robertson – a Native American reporter – chimed in saying, “It’s very offensive!”
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Donald Trump didn’t back down, however, and even threw out the name “Pocahontas” one more time, after it was announced a number of times that it was “offensive.”
Trump explained why he called her “Pocahontas,” noting how she was never able to back up her claim that she was Native American, and how she relied on the fact that she had “high cheekbones” as evidence of her Native American heritage. Trump said that it was her claim that she was Native American that allowed her to get into “various schools,” because she applied as a Native American. According to Trump, Senator Warren is as much Native American as he is.
Warren explained why she thought she was of Cherokee ancestry:
“I have lived in a family that has talked about Native Americans, talked about tribes since I had been a little girl….
“I still have a picture on my mantel and it is a picture my mother had before that — a picture of my grandfather. And my Aunt Bea has walked by that picture at least a thousand times, remarked that he — her father, my Papaw — had high cheekbones like all of the Indians do. Because that is how she saw it; and ‘Your mother got those same great cheek bones and I didn’t.’ She thought that was the bad deal she had gotten in life.”