US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts launches campaign to fight Donald Trump’s racist policies

November 28, 2017 9:34 am
, a Democrat from Massachusetts (Photo by AFP)
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has launched a fundraising campaign to fight US President Donald Trump’s racist policies after he made an apparent derogatory reference about the Democrat.
In an email released on Monday night, Warren said that “we’re sick of his racist slurs,” and called on Americans to help her fight against a president who calls her “Pocahontas,” the name of a famous 17th-century Native American.
“You might have heard that Donald Trump likes to call me ‘Pocohontas.’ He does it on Twitter, at rallies, and even in official White House meetings,” the email from the senator read.
“Let’s show Donald Trump that we’re sick of his racist slurs by getting to work to fight his agenda. Donald Trump can keep attacking my family — but I am going to keep fighting for yours,” she added.
Warren’s email came after Trump made the offhand remark during a White House meeting earlier on Monday with Native American World War Two veterans.
After listening to one veteran speak about his experience as a “Navajo code talker,” Trump heaped praise on the veterans who worked with the US Marine Corps to come up with a secret code during the war.
US President Donald Trump listens with Navajo Code Talkers in the Oval Office of the White House during an event to honor Native American code talkers who served in World War II November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP) 
“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said.
“Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas,” he added, making fun of Warren’s claims of Native American heritage.
During his presidential campaign last year, Trump repeatedly referred to Warren as “Pocahontas,” in a mocking reference to the senator having said in the past that she had Native American ancestry.
Warren, a noted legal scholar who taught at Harvard Law School, denounced Trump for stopping to a “disgusting low” by attacking her with a derisive sobriquet during an Oval Office event meant to honor war heroes.
“Every time that Donald Trump calls me ‘Pocahontas’ — and the media gives crazy over it — he’s happy that people are not focused on how he’s trying to cut taxes for billionaires and giant corporations,” she said, adding that “Trump wants us distracted.”
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s remark,” though several Native American groups have denounced the president’s comment, calling it a racial slur.
The White House spokeswoman also accused Warren of “lying about her heritage to advance her career.” 
White House Press Secretary Sarah H. Sanders speaks during a briefing at the White House on November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
“Look, I think Sen. Warren was very offensive when she lied about something specifically to advance her career,” Sanders said. “I don’t understand why no one’s asking about that question and why that isn’t constantly covered.”
Warren, who served as an adviser to former President Barack Obama before she was elected to the Senate in 2012, is a frequent critic of Trump and his divisive polices.
She has blasted Trump’s economic policies, saying they are hurting the middle-class Americans who voted for him.
Warren has said that the Republican president failed to deliver on his promise to help working-class people, accusing him of delivering “a gut punch to America’s working people.”
She has said Trump vowed to make working-class people his top priority, but instead he assembled a team of billionaires and bankers at the White House which is working against the middle-class.
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