One of the World War II Navajo Code talkers honored by President Donald Trump on Monday weighed in on Trump’s decision to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at the event.
President Trump was in the middle of honoring the veterans when he said, “We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”
Trump's remark was obviously directed at Warren, whom he has mocked before for lying about her Native American ancestry so she could obtain a teaching position at Harvard, where she was paid $350,000 per year.
CNN political analyst Joshua Green met with Thomas Begay – one of the veterans honored at the event – who said that while he was puzzled by the comment, he was not offended by it.
“The Marines made us yell ‘Geronimo’ when we jumped out of planes, and that didn’t offend me either,” Begay said.
Warren fired back at Trump's comments on Monday while speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, claiming that she was the victim of a "racial slur."
"There he was, at a ceremony to honor Native Americans, men who have really put it all on the line to save American lives, to save lives of people, our allies, during World War II, really amazing people," Warren said. "President Trump couldn't even make it through a ceremony to honor these men without throwing in a racial slur."