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“This was supposed to be an event to honour heroes, people who put it all on the line for our country,” she told MSNBC.
“It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States can’t even make it through a ceremony honouring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur.” Her fellow Massachusetts senator, Ed Markey, said: “What Mr Trump said about my partner, Senator Warren is a slur.
— Ed Markey (@Sen Markey) November 27, 2017“What these men did was one of the very factors that allowed us to be successful on that island,” said Mr Kelly.
During the 2016 election campaign, Mr Trump frequently used the word “Pocahontas” in reference to Ms Warren the Massachusetts senator, who has said she has Native American ancestry.
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I think she's a racist, actually because what she did was very racist,” he said.
Asked if the word was racist, White House press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders, said: “I don't think that it is.” She was then asked why the President would say something that was “offensive to many people while honouring the Navajo code talkers - genuine American heroes”.
She responded: “I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career.” Earlier, Peter Mac Donald, a Second Wold War veteran and former chairman of the Navajo tribe, gave introductory remarks by going through the history of the code talkers in the Pacific military theatre, including at the battles at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.
Their vital contribution was featured in the 2002 film What @real Donald Trump said about my partner @Sen Warren is a slur.
It disparages the Native American war heroes, standing right beside the President, who risked their lives to protect his right to make such a disgusting comment.