Here's What A Direct Descendant Of Pocahontas Thinks About Trump's Joke

President Donald Trump certainly has a way with words. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is certainly open for debate, but the commander-in-chief has a knack for shifting the conversation in a heartbeat. As is often the case, Monday was a rather busy day in the political news cycle. Once again, Trump managed to stop everything in its tracks with a simple comment during a routine White House ceremony.

The president welcomed three U.S. Marine Corps Navajo code talkers to the White House in honor of their service during World War II. As Trump was delivering his remarks, he veered off-script.

“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,” Trump said. “But you know what? I like you.”

It was an awkward sound byte - to say the least - and the conversation of the day quickly shifted to Trump’s remarks. There was plenty of spirited debate about the appropriateness of the comments, and scores of observers opined that this was a clear sign that Trump has lost his marbles. But was it really all that bad? As the Independent Journal Review shares, a direct descendant of Pocahontas doesn’t seem to think so.

Sky News reached out to Debbie “White Dove” Porreco for her input on what Trump had to say, and she actually had plenty of nice things to say about the president.

"If Pocahontas were alive today, she would be very proud of President Trump,” she said.

Alright, but what about the joke? Porreco notes that Trump had asked her about it directly in the past, and she’s fine with it.

“I know that he uses ‘Pocahontas’ sometimes with Elizabeth Warren. He said, ‘Well does that offend you when I use that?’ And I told him, ‘No, it doesn’t offend me,’" she said. “Just like Pocahontas was a heroine. President Trump is going to be our hero.”

For background, the joke revolves around Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has claimed to be of Native American descent. Her claims have been called into question numerous times, and it remains unclear exactly how much of her family tree - if any - is actually Native American. Nonetheless, Warren has been steadfast in her claims, including what she had to say during a 2012 interview with NPR.

“I am very proud of my heritage,” she said. “These are my family stories. This is what my brothers and I were told by my mom and my dad, my mamaw and my papaw. This is our lives. And I'm very proud of it.”

Warren is among the many that have blasted Trump for his comments to the code talkers, but there are plenty of others that have brushed it off as a poorly timed joke that really didn’t need to be shared at that particular time. Either way, it’s pretty clear that the ebb and flow of the news cycle is not safe whenever Trump is in front of a microphone.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: YouTube, Sky News

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