Today, while honoring Navajo Code Breakers, “your favorite President” used a racial slur for no reason whatsoever while also standing in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who signed the Indian Removal Act.
Trump just brought up his nickname for Elizabeth Warren while speaking with the Navajo Code Talkers. pic.twitter.com/cH0q9eTUfr— Andrew Wyrich (@AndrewWyrich) November 27, 2017
When this happened a couple of hours ago, I didn’t even bother. I mean, what else can you say? I am not shocked. Who is shocked? No one is shocked! This is what we’ve come to expect from Donald Trump, and we’ve also come to expect that it will dominate the news cycle for three hours and it’ll never be mentioned again.
But, let’s at least let Elizabeth Warren say her piece.
WATCH: Elizabeth Warren responds to Trump's "Pocahontas" remark on @MSNBC:— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 27, 2017
"It is deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur." pic.twitter.com/au1QntxDzR
What really galls me is how Sarah Sanders — clearly flustered — tries to inelegantly defend Trump while somehow making everything worse. Asked why Trump felt the need to say something offensive to many people, Sanders shot back, “I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career.”
Sanders on 'Pocahontas' comment: "I think what most people find offensive is Sen. Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career." pic.twitter.com/n7W6wlBwU1— Axios (@axios) November 27, 2017
What? Why is she bringing Elizabeth Warren into this now, too? No one was finding that offensive today! People were finding the use of a racial slur that insults the very people Trump was honoring offensive.
Asked if Trump “lacks decency,” Sarah Sanders danced around the question. Then asked if it is “appropriate for the President to use a racial slur,” Sanders said “I don’t believe that it is appropriate,” but then followed it up by saying that she doesn’t think “[Pocahontas] is a racial slur.” And you know who should definitely be making determinations about what is and is not a racial slur? Uh, not Sarah Sanders.
Bonus Sarah Sanders:
.@PressSec says questions about Access Hollywood tape were "litigated and certainly answered during the election by the overwhelming support for the president." https://t.co/6TpD0Mv6Wg pic.twitter.com/yRyelDqArZ— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) November 27, 2017
Anyway, here’s how you do it, folks. Here’s your moment of Zen:
did it better, continued— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 27, 2017
spoke to navajo code talkers, was not racist about it pic.twitter.com/VlLunNx5HD