Don Lemon has a harsh take on Donald Trump’s “Pocahontas” dig at Senator Elizabeth Warren. The “CNN Tonight” host described it as a racial slur that was “met with stunned silence” as Trump spoke to Navajo World War II veterans.
“Everyone in that room knew it was a racist slur directed at Senator Elizabeth Warren. How did they know that? It’s an insult the president loves slamming her with starting during the campaign.”
Indeed, there’s plenty of footage of Trump referring to Warren, who has previously claimed that she has Native American ancestry. That reference has been condemned by the National Congress of American Indians.
Yet Lemon explained that Trump’s attacks against non-white people are nothing new. Such attacks include the claim that there were “very fine people on both sides” during the Charlottesville attack and the claim that Barack Obama is likely not American. Still, the president has denied that he is racist or bigoted, but Lemon disagrees.
“Just because you say you’re not racist doesn’t make it so,” he said. “Especially if you say, do, and defend racist behavior over and over and over again. Especially if you have lost your credibility by telling countless lies, big and small.”
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Online, many have agreed with Lemon and slammed the White house.
Trump is like school on Saturday, No Class.
— Janee Jordan (@janee_jordan) November 28, 2017
SHS sold her soul for this “job”’she has. She appears to have absolutely no moral compass and is devoid of integrity. Why the press bothers to attend her spin-sessions is beyond me. There is nothing from the press conf that is useful. They just prove the incessant LYING going on.
— CPGrayson (@stbworkshops) November 28, 2017
AS A NATIVE WOMAN YES THE F*** IS IT RACIST OFFENSIVE & ALL THT REGARDLESS OF WHO ITS SAID 2!! JUST LIKE ME CALLIN OR SAYIN THE N WRD WHN I’M NOT BLCK IS WRONG RACIST & ALL THE ABOVE! IF U R NOT NATIVE PLZ DNT SPEAK 4 US!!
— UteBeauty (@hawkins17rt) November 28, 2017
Thank you @donlemon for consistently saying it eloquently, efficiently, and enthusiastically. You, more than most, speak the truth for truth’s sake.
— Amy (@Wiggle_Butt_1) November 28, 2017
And while there was one who stuck up for Trump by denouncing Warren’s heritage claim…
Don ‘dumb as a rock’ Lemon of course doesn’t get it re Warren. It is only potentially racist to call someone Pocahontas if that person is in fact Native American. Warren is not. She has clearly lied about her status over the years. Fact check that Lemon.
— Ted Davis (@tedsthetruth) November 28, 2017
If the president’s history of spewing racist rhetoric is any indication, he won’t be slowing down on such remarks anytime soon.