Warren hits Trump on ‘Pocahontas’ slur, details her Native American roots

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren hit back on Wednesday at President Donald Trump for repeatedly ridiculing her as “Pocahontas,” saying he has tried to make Native American history “the butt of a joke” while also defending herself against criticism that she hasn’t been forthright about her heritage.

“We have a president who can’t make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing Native history, Native culture, Native people to the butt of a joke,” Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who is considered a possible presidential candidate, said during an unscheduled speech at the National Congress of American Indians in Washington. “The joke, I guess, is supposed to be on me.”

Warren, who Trump has claimed “made up her heritage” to advance her career, also addressed her family background, explaining that her mother was part Native American, but insisted she never tried to use it to her advantage.

“I get why some people think there’s hay to be made here. You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe,” Warren said. “And I want to make something clear. I respect that distinction.”

She added, “I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes — and only by tribes. I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career. But I want to make something else clear, too: My parents were real people.”

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), addresses spectators at the “A Better Deal” event, revealing the democratic leadership’s 2018 party message on July 24, 2018 in Berryville, Virginia. Behind her from left are Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN), and Rep. Ben Ray Luj?n (NM).