Mike Huckabee, one of President Donald Trump's most vocal supporters, says the commander in chief was wrong to have used the term "Pocahontas" in a swipe at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, during a ceremony honoring Native Americans.
"Frankly, I agree that it wasn't an appropriate venue for President Trump to bring this up," the former Arkansas governor and two-time GOP presidential candidate wrote on his MikeHuckabee.com blog.
On Monday, during a White House ceremony to honor Navajo veterans of World War II, the president said: "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."
He was referring to Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat and longtime foe of Trump, who has made the controversial claim she has Cherokee ancestry.
Trump's taunting of Warren with the nickname, which he has repeated many times before, was quickly criticized as having negative racial overtones by Native American groups and politicians.
Huckabee doesn't buy it.
"The claim that calling Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' is a racist slur is ludicrous (besides, the Internet-approved term is 'Faux-cahontas,''' Huckabee said.
"It might be a racist slur if she actually were a Native-American, but that's highly dubious. She's been accused of claiming to be part Cherokee to advance her academic career at Harvard to the detriment of a real minority applicant, which she denies."
"This is another reason why I could never be a liberal. It requires me to get more upset about the politically-incorrect language Trump used than about the alleged injustice he was pointing out."
In an interview with The New York Times, Warren said: "This was a ceremony to honor war heroes … It should have been a celebration of their incredible service, but Donald Trump couldn't make it through without tossing in a racial slur."
Huckabee's daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, ripped Warren's charge as "a ridiculous response."
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