Warren slams Trump 'gutter politics' after 'Pocahontas' insult

Sen. Elizabeth Warren hit back at President Trump name-calling her “Pocahontas” during a Native American event and decried his “gutter politics.”

Trump belittled an unnamed “representative in Congress” Monday at an event for Navajo Code Talkers by bringing up the offensive nickname with which he has repeatedly labeled Warren.

The Massachusetts Democrat labeled the insult a racial slur late Monday night and said that the President had sunk to a “disgusting new low” by using it an event meant to honor heroes of World War II.

“He did this because he thinks that he can bully me and shut me up. He thinks he can bully and silence anybody he wants,” she posted on Facebook.

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US President Donald Trump greets Navajo veterans in the Oval Office of the White House during an event honoring Native American code talkers who served in World War II on November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he hosts an event honouring the Native American code talkers, including Thomas Begay (L) and Peter McDonald, in front of a painting of President Andrew Jackson, at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump hosts an event honouring the Native American code talkers, including Thomas Begay (L) and Peter McDonald, in front of a painting of President Andrew Jackson, at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Navajo Code Talker Thomas Begay laughs after handing his card to U.S. President Donald Trump at an event honouring the group for their contributions during World War Two at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump hosts an event honouring the Native American code talkers, including Thomas Begay (L) and Peter McDonald, in front of a painting of President Andrew Jackson, at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he honours Navajo Code Talkers for their contributions during World War Two at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump greets Navajo Code Talkers as he honours their contributions during World War Two as they take part in an event at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Navajo Code Talker Thomas Begay hands a card to U.S. President Donald Trump at an event honouring the group for their contributions during World War Two at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with a World War II veteran during an event honoring Native American 'Code Talkers' inside the Oval Officer of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Trump punctuated a meeting with Native American veterans on Monday by calling Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' -- a racially-tinged nickname he's deployed for years to belittle one of his chief Democratic antagonists. Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg
A Navajo World War II veteran speaks during an event honoring Native American 'Code Talkers' inside the Oval Officer of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. President Donald Trump punctuated a meeting with Native American veterans on Monday by calling Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' -- a racially-tinged nickname he's deployed for years to belittle one of his chief Democratic antagonists. Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump, second right, shakes hands with a World War II veteran during an event honoring Native American 'Code Talkers' inside the Oval Officer of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Trump punctuated a meeting with Native American veterans on Monday by calling Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' -- a racially-tinged nickname he's deployed for years to belittle one of his chief Democratic antagonists. Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, speaks with World War II veterans during an event honoring Native American 'Code Talkers' inside the Oval Officer of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Trump punctuated a meeting with Native American veterans on Monday by calling Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' -- a racially-tinged nickname he's deployed for years to belittle one of his chief Democratic antagonists. Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, speaks with World War II veterans during an event honoring Native American 'Code Talkers' inside the Oval Officer of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Trump punctuated a meeting with Native American veterans on Monday by calling Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' -- a racially-tinged nickname he's deployed for years to belittle one of his chief Democratic antagonists. Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during an event honoring World War II veteran Native American 'Code Talkers' inside the Oval Officer of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Trump punctuated a meeting with Native American veterans on Monday by calling Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' -- a racially-tinged nickname he's deployed for years to belittle one of his chief Democratic antagonists. Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) greets members of the Native American code talkers during an event in the Oval Office of the White House, on November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump stated, 'You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.' in reference to his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. World War II Navajo Code Talker and Iwo Jima survivor Thomas Begay is one of the last surviving code talkers. (Photo by Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (L) hosts members of the Native American code talkers during an event in the Oval Office of the White House, on November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump stated, 'You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.' in reference to his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Photo by Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump greets Navajo veterans in the Oval Office of the White House during an event honoring Native American code talkers who served in World War II November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A portrait of the 7th US President Andrew Jackson, who signed the Indian Removal Act, is seen as a Navajo Code Talker speaks during an event in the Oval Office of the White House with US President Donald Trump to honor Native American code talkers November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: World War II Navajo Code Talker and Iwo Jima survivor Thomas Begay (L) poses for photographs after he arrives at the White House November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. One of the last surviving code talkers, Begay is scheduled to participate in an event with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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“He ran a campaign that started with racial attacks and then rode the escalator down. This is the very worst of gutter politics.”

Warren repeated that she learned about her small amount of Native American heritage from family stories, and did not benefit from claiming it.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said Monday that Trump’s use of “Pocahontas” was not a slur, claimed that Warren was “lying about her heritage to advance her career.”

The senator, a longtime consumer protection advocate, said in her Facebook that the focus should not be on name-calling, but on White House policies such as those on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Read the full text of Warren's Facebook statement below: 

You might have heard that Donald Trump likes to call me “Pocahontas.” He does it on Twitter, at rallies, and even in official White House meetings.

But today, he stooped to a disgusting low. This afternoon, in the Oval Office, Donald Trump was supposed to be honoring Navajo code talkers – American heroes who helped save the world from fascism and hate during World War II. Instead, Trump stood right next to those Native American war heroes and came after me with another racist slur.

He did this because he thinks that he can bully me and shut me up. He thinks he can bully and silence anybody he wants.

Just to be clear: I learned about my family’s heritage the same way everyone else does – from my parents and grandparents. I never asked for and never got any benefit from it.

But that’s not what any of this is about. Donald Trump doesn’t care about the facts. He ran a campaign that started with racial attacks and then rode the escalator down. This is the very worst of gutter politics.

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Senate Armed Services Committee members (L-R) Sen. Martin Heinrich (D - NM), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) talk during a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. The intelligence chiefs testified to the committee about cyber threats to the United States and fielded questions about effects of Russian government hacking on the 2016 presidential election.

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Every time that Donald Trump calls me “Pocahontas” – and the media goes crazy over it – he’s happy that people are not focused on how he’s trying to cut taxes for billionaires and giant corporations. He’s happy we’re not focused on how he’s trying to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to let big banks and predatory lenders scam ordinary Americans out of billions of dollars.

Donald Trump wants us distracted. But we’re not going to stop standing up for middle class families. We’re not going to stop standing up for consumers.

Let’s show Donald Trump that we’re sick of his racist slurs by getting to work to fight his agenda. Donald Trump can keep attacking my family – but I’m going to keep fighting for yours.
 

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