In the same bipartisan meeting where Donald Trump stunned participants by again complaining about nonexistent voter fraud, the president also resurrected an offensive dig at Democrat Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pocahontas.”
He referred several times to the Massachusetts senator as Pocahontas, sources told both CNN and Politico. “Pocahontas is now the face of your party,” Trump told GOP and Democratic senators, CNN reported. The president held the meeting Thursday with a small group of senators in a bid to build bipartisan support for his Supreme Court pick, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Trump frequently referred to Warren as Pocahontas during the presidential campaign because of her unverified claims during her 2012 Senate race to be part Native American, based, she said, on family stories.
During the meeting, Trump said that Warren had claimed to be Native American because of her “high cheekbones,” a source told CNN, who added that the situation was “bizarre and awkward.”
Trump also referred to Warren being rebuked and silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday for attempting to read a 1986 letter in the Senate from Coretta Scott King critical of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who has since been confirmed as U.S. attorney general. (Protesters turned up outside McConnell’s Kentucky home Friday to read the letter.)
Warren was a harsh critic of Trump during the campaign, calling him at one point a “thin-skinned racist bully,” and she remains so. She has been a vocal critic of his Cabinet picks and blasted his travel ban, turning up at Boston’s Logan airport to join protesters.
There was no immediate response from Warren to a request for comment from the Huffington Post.
Trump has a history of clashes over Native American ancestry. When he was trying to build a casino empire, Trump accused competing Native American casinos of being fronts for the Mafia to get special tax breaks — and even claimed they weren’t really Native Americans. “They don’t look like Indians to me and they don’t look like Indians to Indians,” he said during congressional testimony in 1993.
In another uncomfortable moment at the meeting this week, Trump insisted again on his groundless claims of widespread voter fraud that he says hurt him and former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) in the November election.