For quite a while, President Trump has taken to insulting Sen. Elizabeth Warren by calling her "Pocahontas," for a way of mocking her assert of the Native American legacy. In a meeting with a set of Native American veterans Monday day, Trump used the culturally insensitive term -- and throughout Native American Heritage Month, no less.
"You were here long before some of us were here," Trump told three Navajo veterans who served as code talkers in World War II. "Although we now have a representative in Congress that they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what? I enjoy you."
Throughout World War I and II, code talkers such as the individuals who visited the White House today used their native languages to confuse U.S. enemies who tried to break codes. To make matters even worse, the president made the comments while standing before a portrait of President Andrew Jackson -- you know, the one who signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, which forced tens of thousands of Native Americans to leave behind their houses and livelihoods.
The remarks have been met with silence by the attendees, based on reporters present at the event. Sen. Warren, whose self-proclaimed heritage was a point of debate because of her 2012 Senate run, reacted to the opinions and called the episode "deeply unfortunate."
"It was supposed to be an occasion to honor personalities, people who put it all online for our nation," she told MSNBC. " It's very troubling that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a service honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur."
Earlier this month, Trump is known as Warren "Pocahontas" on a tweet -- causing outrage once more among Native American leaders, who've asked for Trump to quit using the term since he started insulting Warren during the 2016 presidential election.
"Pocahontas has been prepubescent girl held hostage & raped by European invaders. Quit mocking Native & her women," Indian Country columnist Ruth Hopkins tweeted in response at the moment.
Back in May, Mary Kathryn Nagle, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, lawyer, and playwright, told MSNBC that Trump should be held accountable for his comments.
"Trump's inability to identify the difference involving Sen. Warren and Pocahontas is no Collision," she said. "His assault on her native individuality reflects a dominant American culture that has made every attempt to diminish native girls to nothing aside from a fantastical, oversexualized, Disney character."
By now, it should not be surprising that President Trump's won't refrain from taking jabs at political opponents, even though it means insulting a whole population. Rather than honoring those who fought for this nation, he made the event about his insults along with himself.