The Kansas City Star assigned one of its own staff writers, Lisa Gutierrez, to smear President Trump for his presumably “racist” designation of Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.” In so doing. Ms. Guitterez fully missed the point of Trump’s ridicule. The only question is whether she missed it out of spite or out of ignorance.
On Friday, Trump tweeted, “Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.” This was not the first time Trump referred to Warren as Pocahontas.
“Many people found the word racist the first time Trump used it,” writes Gutierrez, “and they still do.” This comes right out of the Star playbook: don’t call someone “racist” yourself; find others to do the dirty work for you. In the age of Twitter, this can be accomplished in minutes. What follows is a sample of the tweets from Gutierrez’s recruits:
“You’re so sick. Ps— the term Pocohantas is offensive.”
“Pocahontas”? Another jab at Sen. Warren because she has Native American ancestors? Whoever sent this Tweet is a bigot.”
Gutierrez intervenes. She writes, with seeming approval, “Some people threatened to report Trump to the Twitter police and said he should be banned for using offensive language.” This is followed by more tweets from people eager to shut down dissent.
“How is Trump allowed to call someone of native ancestry Pocahontas and not get suspended from Twitter lmao.”
“Join me in reporting this ‘Pocahontas’ tweet as targeted harassment against a race or group of people.”
Some Trump supporters, Gutierrez acknowledges with barely disguised disgust, “think his use of the word is funny.” Having cited 10 critical tweets, she then cites three supporting tweets. This is the Star’s idea of balance. One of the three tweets, however, hints at why supporters think Trump’s jab was on target.
“@IvankaTrump Can you tell dad it’s “Fauxcahontas” F-A-U-X.. Not Pocahontas. Faux-cahontas.”
Gutierrez sort of knows why this fellow preferred “Faux-cahontas.” Early in the article, she concedes that there was “a 2012 Senate campaign controversy questioning Warren’s Native American heritage claims.” From the tweets attacking Trump, it would seem that many on the left are unaware just how deep was a controversy that would have destroyed the career of any Republican.
The fact is that Warren has no “native ancestry,” has no “Native American ancestors,” does not belong to “any race or group of people” other than WASP. Wrote New York Magazine regretfully, “The problem is that no one ever found evidence to support Warren’s claim that she is part Cherokee and Delaware either.”
No, that is only half the problem. The real problem is that Warren used her fake Native American status to promote her academic career. As she herself was forced to acknowledge in 2012, “She told Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was Native American.”
Harvard, in fact, claimed her as one of its “minority” hires. “My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I’m proud of it and I have been open about it,” said Warren at the time. Warren denies that she used her “minority” status to exploit university affirmative action policies, but the evidence suggests otherwise.
In an NBC interview, Trump explained his reasoning, “She made up her heritage, which I think is racist. I think she’s a racist, actually because what she did was very racist. She used the fact that she was Native American to advance her career. Elizabeth Warren is a total fraud.”
Trump will keep calling Warren Pocahontas until the media stop suppressing the truth with cries of “racism” and acknowledge Warren to be the fraud she is.