Trump Rips Warren Over 'Beer Catastrophe' Video, References Wounded Knee, Little Bighorn

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January 13, 2019

President Donald Trump continued to train fire on possible 2020 challenger Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) on Sunday, sending a pair of tweets mocking her "beer catastrophe" Instagram video.

Warren has formed a presidential exploratory committee and all but officially announced her bid for the Democratic nomination. She drew some scorn for pandering by posting a New Year's Eve Instagram video of herself answering viewers' questions while swigging a beer in her kitchen. She also awkwardly thanked her husband, Bruce, for "being here" when he showed up on the video.

Trump hit her for it nearly two weeks later, writing Sunday, "If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!"

He added, "Best line in the Elizabeth Warren beer catastrophe is, to her husband, "Thank you for being here. I’m glad you’re here" It’s their house, he’s supposed to be there!"

"Wounded Knee" refers to the 1890 massacre of Lakota Indians by U.S. troops, while "Bighorn" refers to the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, often called "Custer's Last Stand."

Trump has gleefully tagged Warren as "Pocahontas" for years, mocking her claims of Native American ancestry that until last year were unproven. Warren released a DNA test in October showing she could have such an ancestor as far back as 10 generations, meaning she could be as little as 1/1,024th Native American.

The test largely backfired, with some progressives slamming Warren for delving into race science and letting Trump get to her with his taunts.

When Warren visited Iowa last week, an audience member at one of her events asked her why she released the test. She replied she was "not a person of color" but wanted to "put it all out there" when Republicans made an issue of her ethnicity.

Trump tweeted a mock campaign slogan for Warren on Jan. 3: "1/2020th."