President Donald Trump joked on Monday that because Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had “no” Native American blood, he could no longer refer to her as “Pocahontas.”
His comments came as Warren faced heat for identifying as a Native American on legal directories around the time that Harvard hired her as a tenured professor.
Warren released DNA test results which suggested that she was 1/64th to 1/1,024th Native American. Her results prompted widespread mocking from people like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who said he would take a DNA test to show he had more Native American ancestry than she did.
Trump similarly said on Tuesday that even though he didn’t have any Native American blood, he had more than Warren did.
“Warren was exposed as being a total fraud,” he also said. “I can no longer call her Pocahontas,” Trump quipped.
.@realDonaldTrump : "A sad thing happened last week. Because Elizabeth Warren was exposed as being a total fraud. I can no longer call her Pocahontas. Because she has no Indian blood!" pic.twitter.com/BA9oQfHlUO
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 23, 2018
“I can’t use the name Pocahontas anymore, but if you don’t mind I will anyways,” he said.
Trump has long called Warren “Pocahontas” and even indicated he would donate to Warren’s favorite charity if she proved her Native American ancestry.
After Warren’s test, Trump mocked her and denied making that pledge.
Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed. She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, “DNA test is useless.” Even they don’t want her. Phony!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018
This video of Trump saying that he never said he'd pay $1 million if Warren took a DNA test followed by him saying it on video is so unquestionably brutal, yet it won't make an ounce of difference. Because that's what we've come to expect from Trump. pic.twitter.com/0czwsqKl5v
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 15, 2018
Before the rally, Trump also changed the nickname he previously made for his former primary opponent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
WATCH: President Trump on Sen. Cruz: "To me he's not 'Lyin' Ted' anymore. He's 'Beautiful Ted.'" pic.twitter.com/SZS5wkq61o
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 22, 2018
“To me, he’s not ‘Lyin’ Ted’ anymore. He’s ‘Beautiful Ted,'” he said. Both Cruz and Trump praised each other during the rally as Cruz faced re-election against Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke.