Monday/ a ‘dim-witted, mush-mouthed fool’

President Trump made many Native Americans very angry today – at the annual ceremony meant to honor the Navajo Code Talkers . It’s a long story, but in a side comment, he again resorted to his standard derogatory reference ‘Pocahontas’ to describe Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Here’s the reaction of Gyasi Ross, interviewed by Chris Hayes on MSNBC today:  ‘The two groups that we revere are veterans and elders. Somehow this dim-witted, completely mush-mouthed fool managed to offend the two groups which he said he was honoring at this time, in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who .. signed the Indian Removal Act that killed thousands of native people’. 

Three former Navajo Code Talkers joined the president on Monday for the annual ceremony honoring them, including Peter MacDonald, former chairman of the Navajo Nation. History buffs pointed out that the portrait of Andrew Jackson made for an unfortunate backdrop, since he signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830 (that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Native Americans).
Gyasi Ross is Blackfeet and Suquamish (his Native American heritage). He is a speaker, storyteller, author, commentator and attorney, and his home is on the Kitsap Peninsula’s Port Madison Indian Reservation (close to Seattle).

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