President Trump, You Can’t Discriminate


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Senator Elizabeth Warren proved her Native American ancestry in a DNA test.

Kelly Langevin, Assistant News Editor

President Donald Trump has been in a love-hate relationship with the media for years. He loves the attention, but only when it’s good. He hates when he is confronted with negative comments mostly about what he has done or said. Well now, the latest derogatory comments involve Trump calling Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.”

Trump is denying his comments about Warren, claiming he did not say that he would pay her $1 million towards the charity of her choice if she took a DNA test, which proved she had Native American Heritage.

Warren revealed the DNA test proving she has very distant Native American ancestry last week.

Trump took the results as a way to mock her, although there is no need to mock anyone for having a Native American bloodline, even if it is very minor.

The expert Warren sided with said her Native American ancestry is from about six to ten generations ago. Warren believes those ancestors were a part of the Cherokee nation, although she herself does not claim any tribal citizenship.

When a reporter asked Trump for his reaction about Warren’s DNA test, Trump seemingly annoyed and in denial, said, “Who cares?”

Trump, who has been known for his foul language and demeaning comments, clearly cared or he would not have made this a huge issue to begin with.

Trump repeated it again and again on camera in front of thousands of people. So clearly he cared.

“Pocahontas, that’s Elizabeth Warren,” Trump said during one speech he gave.

“I have more Indian blood in me than Pocahontas, and I have none,” Trump said waving his arms in the air as if he was trying to prove something. In fact, Trump did prove something—he further proved that his arrogance will never go away.

Trump was on camera calling Warren “Pocahontas” several times and has no regret or guilt. Trump is always in denial even when there is proof on camera.

Instead of owning up to it, Trump reworded himself saying he would only pay Warren if she won the nomination. Then, one of the most ridiculous things to come out of his mouth was that he did not owe Warren an apology, but rather that she actually owed the country an apology.

I think Trump may have some thinking to do about that. Using racial slurs or calling someone anything to mock them isn’t funny.

Pocahontas was actually captured by an English captain and lured onto a ship during the First Anglo-Powhatan War. It’s believed that she might have even been raped and her abduction kept her away from her family.

It wasn’t a funny story. Trump using derogatory language isn’t a funny story. What worries me is seeing the president of the United States speak in such a way that people watching him adapt to this. How can the president use harsh language and it’s okay, but people in the workforce, for instance, can’t do it? If the president does it, it must be okay, right?

People, especially those who are young, will grow up watching Trump lessen people, even if their DNA test shows little heritage of an ancestry Trump doesn’t like.

Not paying Warren was not okay, but neither was mocking her. Mocking anyone, in general, is never okay and the president is a bad example of how the world should be treated.