Trump Calls Warren ‘Pocahontas’ Again at Ceremony Honoring Native American Code Talkers


President Donald Trump held an event in the Oval Office Monday honoring Native American code talkers who helped the Allies in World War II, and he quipped about calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) "Pocahontas."

Trump was mentioning those Native Americans who lived in North America long before European settlers crossed the Atlantic Ocean before he referenced Warren. The reference caught the attention of Toronto Star‘s Daniel Dale.

"You were here long before any of us were here," Trump said to attendees. "Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas."

Trump also praised his chief of staff John Kelly, telling attendees people refer to him as "the chief."

Trump has called Warren Pocahontas at various times in the past, a reference to her unsubstantiated claim to Cherokee heritage. Warren's opponent in a 2012 Senate race, Scott Brown, criticized her for making it up to gain an advantage in her academic career.

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is the deputy war room director at the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at

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