President Donald Trump unleashed a vitriolic attack against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and took aim at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in a late-night Twitter tirade on Sunday as the White House deals with yet another spate of scandals related to Trump’s unwillingness to distance himself from Russia.
“If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash,” Trump wrote, attaching a video of the senator posted on her Instagram account.
If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash! pic.twitter.com/D5KWr8EPan
Earlier in the evening, Trump tweeted he was “so sorry” to hear about “Jeff Bozo being taken down by a competitor” and said he hoped The Washington Post, which Bezos owns, would be taken over by “more responsible hands.”
So sorry to hear the news about Jeff Bozo being taken down by a competitor whose reporting, I understand, is far more accurate than the reporting in his lobbyist newspaper, the Amazon Washington Post. Hopefully the paper will soon be placed in better & more responsible hands!
The comments come amid a difficult week for the president and his coziness with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin.
Photos of the week: 1/4 - 1/11
Photos of the week: 1/4 - 1/11
As seen from a window outside the Oval Office, President Donald Trump gives a prime-time address about border security Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney kisses the championship trophy after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. Clemson beat Alabama 44-16. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Workers shovel snow out of a restaurant after an avalanche at Santis-Schwaegalp mountain resort, in Switzerland January 11, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Nantucket, Mass., to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery. The Oscar-winning actor is accused of groping the teenage son of a former Boston TV anchor in 2016 in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) poses for a selfie during a photo opportunity with House Democratic women of the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis?? TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man gets his eyes tested at a free eye-care camp at a makeshift shelter before heading for an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of "Makar Sankranti", in Kolkata, India, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A dismantled sign sits leaning outside a Sears department store one day after it closed as part of multiple store closures by Sears Holdings Corp in the United States in Nanuet, New York, U.S., January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her first child in spring, is reflected in a mirror at right, as she inspects clothes intended for women returning to work during a visit to Smart Works career centre in West London, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019. Meghan on Thursday has become patron of the Smart Works charity that supports unemployed women to return to work. (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Pool via AP)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., pose for photographers after speaking on Capitol Hill in response President Donald Trump's address, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
YANTAI, CHINA - JANUARY 09: Aerial view of a fishing boat sitting stuck in ice of the frozen Haimiao Port on January 9, 2019 in Yantai, Shandong Province of China. (Photo by Chu Yang/VCG via Getty Images)
The folding and capabilities of the Royole FlexPai tablet and phone are demonstrated at the Royole booth at CES 2019 consumer electronics show, January 8, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Japanese hairdresser Megumi Takeichi cuts patterns into the hair of a camel ahead of the Bikaner Camel Festival in Bikaner in the western Indian state of Rajasthan on January 10, 2019. (Photo by Dinesh GUPTA / AFP) (Photo credit should read DINESH GUPTA/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump salutes as a U.S. customs and Border Protection helicopter passes as he tours the U.S. border with Mexico at the Rio Grande on the southern border, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Ileze Dariel, of Tijuana, Mexico, reaches for the hand of her daughter, Jimena, as they wait for a photographer while taking family pictures on the beach next to the border wall, right, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. President Donald Trump walked out of his negotiating meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday — "I said bye-bye," he tweeted— as efforts to end the 19-day partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 11: Andy Murray of Great Britain speaks during a press conference ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 11, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, left, meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member and Trump confidant Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barr, who served in the position in the early 1990s, has a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and could be in place at the Justice Department as soon as February when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves after Barr is confirmed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man applies ash on his face at a makeshift shelter before heading for an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of "Makar Sankranti", in Kolkata, India, January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: Activists hold a lit 'FAKE CRISIS' sign as they stage a protest outside the White House in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s prime time address to the nation January 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump urged Congress to fund $5.7 billion for a border wall. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
A woman prays during the Orthodox Christmas service at Kazan Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia January 6, 2019. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The snow covers some parts of the ancient Acropolis hill and Plaka the tourist district of Athens, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Schools in the Greek capital and many surrounding areas are to remain closed due to weather conditions after snowfall blanketed Athens, with temperatures in some parts of the country plunging well below freezing. (Eurokinissi via AP)
A tear runs down the eye of a firefighter during the funeral for New York City fire department (FDNY) firefighter Steven Pollard of Ladder 170 in the Good Shepherd church in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 11, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
TIJUANA, MEXICO - JANUARY 7: View of the U.S.-Mexico border wall on January 7, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico. President Donald Trump, who is planning on visiting the border on Thursday, is considering declaring a national emergency if Democrats do not approve of 5.7 billion dollars in funding to build a wall. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
A brick factory workers stack bricks on carts in Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has a terse exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta while speaking to members of the news media outside of the White House after giving an interview with Fox News in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 07: Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott and Lady Gaga attend Sam Elliott's hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 07, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)
SIVAS, TURKEY - JANUARY 9: Afghan female police cadets attend a training session provided by Turkish expert personnels at Sivas Police Vocational Center Directorate in Sivas, Turkey on January 9, 2019. A total of 168 Afghan female police cadets joined their six-month policing training program in Sivas, a province in the eastern part of Turkey covering on law enforcement trainings, technical training how to handle and fire weapons, directing traffic, crime scene investigation, driving, search and control, defence and fighting with terrorism.
(Photo by Serhat Zafer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A man cleans peanuts for sale outside a shop in Peshawar, Pakistan January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A woman holds the Holy Bible as Arnold Josue, a seven-year-old migrant from Honduras, holds the hand of his mother after a group of seven from Central America who were seeking asylum were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol for illegally crossing the Rio Grande river into the U.S. from Mexico in Penitas, Texas, U.S., January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adrees Latif TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he visits the banks of the Rio Grande River with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents during the president's visit to the U.S. - Mexico border in Mission, Texas, U.S., January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A gentoo penguin is seen during a promotional event during an annual ice festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China January 6, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The Washington skyline is seen on day 19 of a partial government shutdown on the morning after President Donald Trump used a prime-time TV address from the Oval Office to urge congressional Democrats to relent on their opposition to his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. From left are the Lincoln Memorial, the Washingtonton Monument, and the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
A Palestinian girl looks out of a car upon her return with her family to Gaza, at Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
German chancellor Angela Merkel, front right, sings with carolers during a reception for carol singers from all over Germany at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and wife Ri Sol Ju meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan in Beijing, China, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 10, 2019. KCNA via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Internally displaced Afghan boys stand outside their shelter during a snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Participants show off their writings during a New Year calligraphy contest in Tokyo, Japan, January 5, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ALEXANDRIA, VA - JANUARY 11: Brian Uholik (R), a furloughed Justice Department employee, holds his infant daughter Wynnie while discussing with his wife Jamie (L) how the government shutdown has impacted their family during a roundtable discussion with government employees and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) in Alexandria, Virginia January 11, 2019. Government employees will miss their first paycheck today as the shutdown threatens to become the longest shutdown in history. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Gottfried Klapfer stands on the rooftop of his company's building during heavy snowfall in Eisenerz, Austria, January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10: Hundreds of federal workers and contractors rally against the partial federal government shutdown in front of the White House January 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. As the second-longest government shut down continues, Democrats and Republicans have not found a compromise for border security funding and President Donald Trump's proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Dakar Rally - 2019 Peru Dakar Rally - 41st Dakar Edition Lima, Peru - January 6, 2019 General view of the departure ceremony at the coast of Lima REUTERS/Carlos Jasso TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A separate media firestorm erupted over a phone interview Trump gave to Fox News host Jeanine Pirro. During the call, Pirro, a noted supporter of the president who appeared with him at a campaign rally last year, asked Trump about his fondness for Putin.
“I’m going to ask you, are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?” Pirro asked.
Trump did not directly answer the question, instead calling it the “most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked” and said he was not “keeping anything under wraps.”
The federal government is also still partially shut down as it has been for more than three weeks, with no end in sight.
Trump has routinely turned to social media in times of strife with his administration, sharing a deluge of offensive tweets or firing White House officials in an attempt to shift the conversation.
The strategy appears to have made a mark on the American public, and polls from last June found nearly seven-in-ten people feel like there’s too much going on to keep up with.