Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump’s most recent “Pocahontas” comments about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
What’s the background?
Trump on Monday went out of his way to refer to Warren as”Pocahontas” during an event honoring Navajo code talkers and veterans.
Trump has repeatedly called Warren, who once claimed to be of Native American descent, “Pocahontas.”
No documentation of Warren’s purported Native American ancestry exists in order to support her claims.
What did Noah say?
Noah addressed the recent “Pocahontas” controversy by admitting that he felt Warren’s unproven claims of Native American heritage were “problematic.”
“When [Trump] says ‘Pocahontas,’ you might be thinking, ‘Wait Trevor, I’m confused, is Elizabeth Warren Native American?'” Noah began. “And you see, that’s the question because, for a long time, she said she was.”
Noah added that he had been struggling with the question of whether Trump is racist.
“Is Donald Trump racist?” Noah asked. “Yeah. But in his own way, he is hitting Elizabeth Warren for saying she is Native American when she wasn’t,” adding that what Warren did warrant being called out.
“Elizabeth Warren did something problematic,” he continued. “So as weird as it is to say, in his own racially offensive way, Donald Trump was being woke. Yeah, and that’s, unfortunately, the truth.”