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Al Franken on Trump’s Nickname for Elizabeth Warren: ‘Mr. President…That’s Racist’

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

I’m not good enoughI’m not smart enough, and doggone it, I am a fidiot.”

Senator Al Franken told Jake Tapper on Sunday,  that “Pocahontas,”  President Trump’s nickname for Senator Elizabeth Warren is racist.

Tapper: Let me show you what President Trump said about her this week he was meeting privately with ten senators at the White House and he told the Democrats in the room “Pocahontas is now the face of your party,” that’s an obvious reference to the controversy over with Elizabeth Warren’s claim of a Native American heritages. What’s your response you see that Pocahontas is now the face of your party

Franken: I heard this from a couple of my colleagues who were there, and I–I would have said something.

Tapper:  What would have you said?

Franken: Mr president with all due respect that’s racist don’t– please stop doing that.  I’m on  Indian Affairs this is completely unacceptable you really should stop doing this it doesn’t serve anybody. something like that

Trump’s Pocahontas nickname is not a slight against Pocahontas or Native Americansit’s an attack on Elizabeth Warren for lying about her background.

According to The Boston Globe, back in 1984, Warren and members her family contributed recipes to a Native American cookbook, where she signed her name Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee. Then in 1986, Warren listed herself as a “minority” in the American Association of Law Schools’ directory of faculty, which is commonly used by recruiters. In the early 1990s, she was hired by Harvard as a law professor, and the university actually touted Warren’s phony ancestry.  By 1995, once she had achieved tenure, Warren stopped listing he…

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Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (, contributing reporter at and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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