Trump Responded To Elizabeth Warren Entering The 2020 Presidential Race By Mocking Native American Genocide

President Donald Trump is after Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) on yet another episode of The Twilight Zone, formerly known as The United States of America.

Fasten your seatbelts, everyone, because the latest development in their, um, relationship is about as ugly as you’ve come to expect, if not more so.

The President launched yet another attack against Warren yesterday as she officially announced she would challenge him in the 2020 presidential election. Trump, who has regularly mocked Warren for her claim to Native American ancestry which she took a DNA test to prove, revived his “Pocahontas” racial slur as well as another fun tactic, mocking genocidal acts of mass violence.

Trump tweeted:

“Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!”

The President made an apparent reference to the Trail of Tears—the name for the forced death march of Aniyunwiya (Tsalagi or Cherokee), Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee (Creek) and Seminole  in the United States from their ancestral homelands in the Southeastern US to areas of present day Oklahoma that the American government designated as Indian Territory.

Trump’s equally racially sensitive namesake—Donald Trump Jr.—responded with an enlightened post of his own on Instagram and Twitter:

 

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Savage!!! Love my President.

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Critics widely derided Trump for his tweet and Jr. for his response, saying it made a mockery of a dark period in American history.

Although some suggested that the president’s reference to a “TRAIL” was not, in fact, a reference to Native American history. Brit Hume stated the President was ignorant of 19th century US history.

Except Trump often claims 19th century “Indian Killer” President Andrew Jackson as a personal hero.

Others pointed out that the President is not ignorant of that event, let alone the massacre at Wounded Knee, which claimed the lives of between 250 and 300 elderly men, women and children of the Oceti Sakowin and other allied nations.

Trump was asked to apologize to Native leaders for another Warren “joke” he made in January about the latter event. The apology never occurred.

Native leaders also repeatedly asked the President to stop using the name of a real person as a racial slur. That has not happened either.

But Twitter user Ryan Hill decided to break it all down for everyone in an epic Twitter thread.

Bottom line for many Indigenous peoples is the President of the United States openly and repeatedly uses racial slurs and jokes about Native genocide and the media and most people only want to discuss Warren’s DNA.

This is not about Warren.

It’s about excusing racist rhetoric from the leader of our country—echoed by other members of government—targeting First Nations people in their only homeland. (And unless you respond to Brexit with “the English are actually immigrants too, they came from Saxony to England,” you don’t get to use that argument with Native Americans either.)

Do better.

*staff writer and editor Amelia Mavis Christnot, Oglala Lakota of the Oceti Sakowin and Kanienkeha:ka of the Haudenosaunee contributed to this article.