President Donald Trump returned to one of his most derogatory insults Friday, referring to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” — an effort to deride her Native American ancestry.
Speaking to an adoring crowd of NRA members in Atlanta, Trump said, “It may be Pocahontas” who seeks the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. “She is not big on the NRA!” Trump added, an apparent reference to Warren’s support of gun-control measures.
What was painfully sad is the audience went along with it, chuckling with glee, confirming the NRA’s right wing proclivity for bigotry and racism.
Warren did not immediately respond to Trump’s attack.
Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump repeatedly derided Warren, who frequently stumped for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump has a serious mental weakness for any bulb shining brighter than him.
Warren is a former Harvard Law School professor, a trainer of our nation’s best and brightest. Trump led a sham Trump University and has difficulty stringing coherent sentences beyond 140 characters. The outspoken progressive Elizabeth Warren has not ruled out a run in 2020. Trump returned to his racist stance perhaps as a pre-emptive strike.
“She made up her heritage, which I think is racist,” Trump told NBC News last June. He continued by saying “I think she’s a racist, actually because what she did was very racist. … She used the fact that she was Native American to advance her career. Elizabeth Warren is a total fraud. I know it. Other people who work with her know it. Elizabeth Warren is a total fraud.”
The sad thing is, regardless of Senator Warren’s racial heritage, Donald Trump has no right to be racist in his distain for it. This man is president of the United States. A position that commands respect because of the reverence we as citizens assign to that office. If a person fails to recognize that reverence himself, then it is okay to absolve oneself of that tradition.
Case in point, the president of the United States is usually capitalized. I think when it comes to Donald Trump, we can forgo that. ‘The President’ is to be respectfully referred to as “Mr. Trump.” Since Trump is determined to show no respect for others, let’s just call him “Trump.”
Trump has to learn that respect begets respect. After all, isn’t that the moral lessons learned in church, in school, and in respectable family dialogue?
It is a sad commentary on the 99th day of his tenure, he goes back to the racial politics of his base proving that he will forever have a plurality of Americans who can justifiably call him, “Not My President!”
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