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Trump Again Attacks Warren With a Potential Reference to Native American Genocide



Donald Trump at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference

President Trump, as usual, took to Twitter to react to Elizabeth Warren’s formal announcement that she is running for his job in 2020.

President Trump has long mocked Warren by referring to her as Pocahontas, the daughter of Chief Powhatan and an important figure in pre-United States’ lore. Warren, who is white, has long claimed to have a small amount of Native American blood.

Her claims, since proven to be true, have nevertheless left her open to over-the-top mockery from Trump and other right-wing figures eager to attack the senator.

Trump’s tweet was similar to other attacks he has made on Warren, acting as if she has routinely positioned herself as a Native American, or attempted to use that as a significant talking point. 

At the end of the tweet, however, President Trump includes an unusual signoff, saying, “See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!”

Many has suspected that Trump capitalized the word “trail” to make a thinly-veiled reference to the Trail of Tears, a series of forced relocations of Native Americans undertaken after the passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830 under president Andrew Jackson. Thousands of Native Americans died in these relocations, including roughly 2,000-8,000 of the 16,543 Cherokee who were marched out of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Alabama in the 1830s.

Early in Trump’s presidency, he placed a portrait of President Jackson prominently in the Oval Office. He has also spoken out in defense of Jackson numerous times. 

This is also not the first time Trump has cited an Indian massacre in reference to Warren. 

In an early January tweet, the president shared an Instagram post by Warren, saying that should have included her husband in “full Indian garb” and been filmed at Bighorn or Wounded Knee. 

The battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as Custer’s last stand, was a military engagement between the United states and Arapaho, Northern Cheyenne, and Lakota tribes as part of the Great Sioux War of 1876. The Wounded Knee Massacre marked the deaths of some 250-300 Lakota men, women, and children at the hands of the United States Calvary. 

While Trump hasn’t, and likely won’t, clarify what if anything he meant by his odd capitalization of the word “trail” in his tweet, some Trump apologists have come to the president’s defense, saying he is simply too ignorant to reference the forced relocation. 

With Warren now firmly in the race for 2020, we are sure to see even more of this in the months ahead.

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Crump said the family wants all four officers to be charged with first degree murder. Only one of the four officers has been arrested.

The Hennepin County’s medical examiner’s autopsy offered different conclusions.

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Trump also tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

The President promised he would “assume control” and “get the job done right.”

Trump hours earlier, according to the AP, had “asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.”

National security attorney Bradley Moss weighed in:

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The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe apparently disagrees:

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