Twitter ignites in the wake of Eric Trump’s asinine attempt to defend his father’s racist Pocahontas slur.
True to form, Donald Trump couldn’t resist making a racist slur while honoring Native American code-talkers during a Monday White House ceremony.
As NBC News reported, “Trump revived his derogatory nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Monday, referring to her as ‘Pocahontas’ during an event honoring Native American veterans at the White House.”
“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump told the Navajo code-talkers, adding: “We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her ‘Pocahontas.'”
Adding insult to injury, Trump opted to speak “under the watchful eye of a portrait of President Andrew Jackson, known for his forceful removals of Native Americans from their ancestral lands.”
As expected, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to play down the comments, instead attempting to direct attention to Sen. Warren.
ABC News’ Jonathan Karl asked Sanders at the White House press briefing: “Why did he [Trump] feel the need to say something that is offensive to many people while honoring the Navajo code talkers, these genuine American heroes?”
“I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career,” Sanders replied.
Responding to the controversy, Sen. Warren told MSNBC that she found it “deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur.”
Eric Trump weighed in on the controversy, attempting to defend his father by citing the 1995 animated Disney movie “Pocahontas” that was about the actual historical figure.
“The irony of an ABC reporter (whose parent company Disney has profited nearly half a billion dollars on the movie “Pocahontas”) inferring that the name is ‘offensive’ is truly staggering to me,” Eric Trump tweeted – apparently referring to ABC News’ Jonathan Karl who had asked Huckabee about the “offensive” nature of Trump’s remark.
Twitter was swift to respond with noted pollster Matt McDermott leading the charge.
“Are you actually this dumb or is it just an act to appear this dumb?” he tweeted.
Are you actually this dumb or is it just an act to appear this dumb?
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) November 28, 2017
Others were quick to follow suit, such as NYC_Oz who tweeted: “the movie is about the real Pocahontas u stupid ass. ur dad is taking the name and using it as a slur. racist what part of that do u not get? just how dumb are you?”
Salim the Dream responded to NYC_Oz tweeting: “Asking a Trump how dumb they are is a loaded question.”
Vivian Copeland tweeted: “Um, except your father uses Pocahontas negatively. Disney used it positively. Honestly, Eric, it’s not rocket science,” with Global Citizen responding: “Vivian have you seen Eric? Trust me everything is rocket science for him.”
Twitter user Frederick Douglas, a frequent critic of the Trumps, posted a multi-part response:
- Eric, let’s have a chat. Try to keep up.
- I know you used it in your tweet, but tbh, you prob don’t know what it means.
i·ro·ny noun: the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
- Okay, now lets break down the ABC reporter/Disney thing. Using the word “Pocahontas” as the title of a movie about “Pocahontas” is not offensive. It would be weird if they called the movie something else. That’s kind of how history works. You don’t get to make up names.
- Now, when your dad used “Pocahontas,” he wasn’t actually talking about Pocahontas. He was talking about Elizabeth Warren. That’s how it becomes offensive. Does this make sense to you? Maybe you need examples?
He went on to cite the following examples:
- Example 1: If I am talking about you and I say, “oh, its Eric Trump” – not offensive. If I see some person (not you) on the street with a fucked up looking face and teeth and say “Hey, are you Eric Trump?” – offensive.
- Example 2: If I am talking about Jared and say “That guy is registered to vote as a woman” – not offensive. If I am watching porn and see two lesbians scissoring and say “What a Jared and Ivanka” – offensive.
- Example 3: If I am talking about your brother @DonaldJTrumpJr, and say “That guy is going to jail” – not offensive. If I am talking about someone else who got caught DMing with Wikileaks and say “That guy really Don Juniored it” – offensive (even if its true).
- Example 4: If I am talking about your dad and say, “That guy is accused of raping a 13 year old” – not offensive If I am watching Lockup on MSNBC and see a child molester and say “What a Trump” – offensive.
Frederick Douglas concluded with the following 2-part tweet:
- I hope you can see how this works, if you guys could have your dad unblock me so he could see this, it would be really helpful to him and the country. I tried to give a really basic explanation, if you have any questions feel free to DM me.
- I’d like to end this lesson with a positive inspirational message to you, Eric. Try to stay as far away from politics as possible so you don’t wind up in jail like your father, brother, and sister. And go to a fucking dentist to have your teeth looked at. Much love, Fred