President Donald Trump is back in Washington D.C. following a long Thanksgiving weekend, and didn’t waste much time raising eyebrows. This time, it was during a speech at the White House in front of Navajo code talkers.
Trump spoke about his tax plan and other policies during his speech, but it was an off-the-cuff joke regarding Sen. Elizabeth Warren that took many by surprise, given the context of the speech.
“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said to a couple of the code talkers. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what? I like you, because you are special.”
The remark was said to cause awkward silence in the room.
Watch a video of the moment during the speech below:
Trump was hosting the event at the White House intended to honor the Native American code talkers.
This certainly isn’t the first time Trump has used “Pocahontas” to refer to Warren. He’s done it so much, that Warren commented on it during an interview with Stephen Colbert on his late-night show. She told Colbert that she won’t be discouraged by Trump’s “racial slurs” and his efforts to silence her.
“Donald Trump thinks if he’s going to start every one of these tweets to me with some kind of racist slur here, that he’s going to shut me up,” Warren to Colbert. “It didn’t work in the past, it’s not going to work in the future. Give it up.”
Trump often used the phrase to speak of Warre, who’s noted of having NAtive American ancestry. He resurrected the usage of the nickname in a tweet that accused Warren of agreeing with him that the Democratic presidential primaries were rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Prior to that, Trump frequently commented about Warren using the nickname “Pocahontas.” On June 10, 2016, at a campaign rally in Virginia, Trump referred to Warren using the name, saying, “She’s the worse.” He continued using the phrase on several campaign stops and even while president, offering to debate her on numerous occasions.
On June 27, 2016, he tweeted: “Crooked Hillary is wheeling out one of the least productive senators in the U.S. Senate, goofy Elizabeth Warren, who lied on heritage.”