Speaking to a crowd of his supporters in Houston tonight, President Trump lamented that he can’t use one of his favorite nicknames for Elizabeth Warren any more.
The president — and plenty of others — have been having a field day with Warren’s claim to have Native American ancestry. Trump likes to call the Massachusetts Senator “Pocahantas.” Some conservative commentators like to take selfies with statues of wooden Indians and then claim to have posed with Warren.
But now? Now, Trump says, the fun is over. Or maybe not. You can watch him here:
The president says, “I can’t call her Pocahantas any more,” adding, by way of explanation, “she has no Indian blood.” A beat later, Trump says, “but if you don’t mind, I’m going to do it anyway.”
“A sad thing happened last week,” Trump said, by way of beginning his point about Elizabeth Warren. “Because Elizabeth Warren was exposed as being a total fraud. And I can no longer call her Pocahantas, because she has no Indian blood! I can’t call her Pocahantas.” At this point the president threw up his hands and the crowd went wild.
Trump was referring to the DNA test that Elizabeth Warren recently published. Warren says the test proves that she does, in fact, have some Native American ancestry. The results say that she has a high probability of having a Native American ancestor six to ten generations back; Warren’s critics say this doesn’t make for a significant Native American ancestry.
The Cherokee Nation has also slammed Warren over the DNA test, pointing out that DNA should not be used as a stand-in for true membership in a tribe. In a statement issued last week, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr said:
“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even determine whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America…Using a DNA test to lay claim to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”