But on Monday, the president lowered expectations still further when he made what many interpreted as a racist joke about Native Americans. during a ceremony honoring Navajo veterans at the White House.
And he used the occasion to refer to Sen. She needs to work harder on her husband's penchant for name calling including "dummy", "clown", "low-class slob", "loser", "liar", "crooked Hillary", "crazy Bernie", "little Marco", "Pocahontas", and many more disparaging names for his critics. What a shame for our country!
"It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States can not even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur". "I like you. Because you are special", Trump continued, touching MacDonald on the shoulder. And to put in a slur that has become racial - Pocahontas - didn't belong there. However, Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye later sent out a statement indicating that he found Trump's quip to be insensitive and bigoted while also noting that the code talkers shouldn't be placed in the middle of his political scraps.
Turning to the veterans, Trump said "but do you know what?"
Image Trump made the comment at an event honouring Native American veterans
After stating that the ceremony was meant to highlight the accomplishments and heroism of the code talkers, Begaye criticized the president for undermining the whole thing.
He started accusing Warren of lying about her heritage and called her "Pocahontas" at a campaign rally in June, 2016, according to the Washington Post, when Warren was campaigning in support of Hilary Clinton.
As Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale pointed out on Twitter, Trump delivered this comment while standing in front of a portrait of President Andrew Jackson, who signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830. "He did this because he thinks that he can bully me and shut me up". "It hadn't worked in the past, it is not gonna work in the future". Warren says her parents told her of the Native American connection and she listed herself with that heritage in law school directories to meet others with similar backgrounds.