Would Pocahontas be offended by President Donald Trump’s use of her name to insult Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D)? Apparently not, according to a descendant of the legendary Indian woman.
What did she say?
Debbie “White Dove” Porreco, a direct descendant of Pocahontas, told Sky News that Trump once asked her if his “insult” is offensive and she told him that it is not.
“I know that he uses ‘Pocahontas’ sometimes with Elizabeth Warren. He said, ‘Well does that offend you when I use that?’ And I told him, ‘No, it doesn’t offend me,’” Porreco said. "If Pocahontas were alive today, she would be very proud of President Trump."
She added, "Just like Pocahontas was a heroine, Donald Trump is going to be our hero."
Why does this matter?
Controversy surrounding Trump’s usage of “Pocahontas" was revived Monday after the president used the term to refer to Warren during a meeting with Navajo code talkers.
Trump began using the name to refer to Warren during his campaign last year. Many say the term is a racial “slur” due to the fact that Warren has claimed she is part-Native American.
Conservative activists first labeled Warren “Fauxcahontas” during her 2012 Senate campaign in Massachusetts because it was revealed that Warren had once used her alleged Native American ancestry to identify as a “minority” to improve her job prospects.
Warren hasn’t proved definitively whether or not she is actually of Native American descent, so the “insults” and “racial slurs” have continued.
Apparently, though, it isn’t hurting Warren too much. She's already using Trump's Monday reference to fundraise.