During a meeting with 10 Democratic and Republican senators on Thursday, President Donald Trump only referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as “Pocahontas.”
According to a report from Politico, Trump met with the senators to hear their concerns and answer questions about his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. However, Trump often rehashed old issues during the meeting, according to the report, such as voter fraud.
The president claimed that he and Ayotte both would have been victorious in the Granite State if not for the “thousands” of people who were “brought in on buses” from neighboring Massachusetts to “illegally” vote in New Hampshire.
According to one participant who described the meeting, “an uncomfortable silence” momentarily overtook the room.
Trump was reportedly spurred to make the comments by the presence of former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), who lost re-election in November. She now serves as a Capitol Hill liaison to Trump.
But it wasn’t necessarily Trump’s comments about voter fraud, claims he’s frequently made, that made headlines, it was that Trump would not refer to Warren by name, instead only calling her “Pocahontas.”
More from Politico:
During the meeting, Trump also reacted to Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren being silenced on the Senate floor while trying to read a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King and in objection to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions before he was confirmed as attorney general. According to participants in Thursday’s meeting, Trump referred to Warren several times as “Pocahontas,” the moniker he gave her during his campaign, and told the Democrats he was glad Warren is becoming the face of “your party.”
It definitely wasn’t the first time Trump has lobbed the insult at Warren. He labeled her “Pocahontas” several times during his campaign for president, basing the insult on allegations that she lied about her Native American heritage.