When Donald Trump was running for president, he said that if he won, he would become "so presidential you would be so bored." But he was lying about that, just like he lies about everything else. Our commander-in-chief starts every day at 5am Tweeting idiotic vitriol at his enemies, probably while sitting the toilet, which is appropriate, since that's where he seems determined to send the country. Calling Donald Trump "presidential" is like calling Arby's a five star restaurant.
Donald Trump's presidency is a marathon of ignorance and hate. He's attempted to ban Muslims from entering America, ban transgender soldiers from serving in the military and pass a health care plan that would cruelly take health care away from 20 million people. Thankfully, our system of checks and balances has prevented him from causing too much damage. But the toxic comments keep spewing from his mouth like plumes of ash from an Icelandic volcano. Much to the dismay of his staff, he still controls his own Twitter account.
Of course, the hallmark of his attacks is childish name-calling - "Crooked Hillary," "Lyin' Ted," "Little Marco," "Low Energy Jeb," "Crazy Bernie." This plays well to his core base of furious white nationalists, 14-year-old 4chan users and paid Russian trolls. But one of his incredibly witty nicknames is causing some outrage because it's actually a racial slur.This morning he blasted Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren on Twitter, calling her "Pocahontas."
During the campaign, Trump frequently called Warren "Pocahontas," which might seem pretty weird if you haven't ventured into the swamp of alt right websites.
So what's the deal? Over twenty years ago, Warren applied for law school, and claimed Native American heritage (from the Cherokee and Delaware tribes) to identify as a minority. However, she provided no documentation to back it up.
In her 2014 memoir, she responded to the controversy:
“I never questioned my family’s stories or asked my parents for proof or documentation. What kid would? … I was stunned by the attacks. How do you prove who you are? My brothers and I knew who we were. We knew our family stories.”
In an interview on "The O'Reilly Factor," Trump fake apologized for using the slur:
"I do regret calling her Pocahontas because I think it’s a tremendous insult to Pocahontas. So to Pocahontas, I would like to apologize to you.”
Donald Trump thinks Frederick Douglass is still alive - maybe he thinks Pocahontas is alive, too? Anyway, he should really apologize to Native Americans, who condemn the offensive nickname. Rail against political correctness all you want, but there's nothing admirable about using racial slurs. Mary Nagle, a member of the Cherokee Nations explains:
“Trump’s inability to discern the difference between Senator Warren and Pocahontas is no accident. Instead, his attack on her native identity reflects a dominant American culture that has made every effort to diminish native women to nothing other than a fantastical, oversexualized, Disney character.”
Warren's become a popular figure in the Democratic party, and it's easy to see why. On Twitter, she had the perfect response to Donald Trump, slamming his playground name-calling as a feeble attempt to deflect attention from the FBI investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
Maybe after the Russian investigation comes to a close, we'll have some hilarious nicknames for The Donald: Treasonous Trump, Colludin' Donnie, and Inmate #4395427934.