President Donald Trump has earned criticism recently for reviving one of his 2016 campaign lines — referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as “Pocahontas” — and now one of the famous Native American’s ancestors is speaking out about it.
Trump made the joke Monday when he was commemorating three U.S. Marine Corps Navajo code talkers for their service during World War II. The great nephew of one Navajo code talker said the president’s comment, a jab at Warren’s years-old claim she is part-Cherokee, was “uncalled for.”
But Debbie “White Dove” Porreco, a direct descendant of Pocahontas, sees it differently. She observed, "If Pocahontas were alive today, she would be very proud of President Trump.” In fact, she recently told Sky News that Trump — whom she described as “a go-getter” — once asked her if she found the quip offensive, and she told him she did not:
“I know that he uses ‘Pocahontas’ sometimes with Elizabeth Warren. He said, ‘Well does that offend you when I use that?’ And I told him, ‘No, it doesn’t offend me.’"
“Just like Pocahontas was a heroine,” Porreco continued, “President Trump is going to be our hero.”
Interestingly, Sky News also interviewed Irene Bedard, a Native American actor who voiced the title character in the 1995 animated Disney film “Pocahontas.” For her part, Bedard finds Trump’s nickname for the Massachusetts senator offensive.
She described Trump’s behavior as “misogyny and bullying and name-calling at its finest.”
“It is not intelligent discourse,” Bedard added.
Warren, it should be noted, was quick to reprimand Trump for using the “racial slur.” She said it was “deeply unfortunate” the president would use such language during a ceremony honoring Native Americans for their service to the country.
See Porreco’s and Bedard’s comments below.