Eric Trump’s defense of his father’s ‘Pocahontas’ slur is baffling

Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, is being torn to shreds on Twitter for an ignorant( maybe willfully insensitive) defense of his father’s use of “Pocahontas” as a disparaging period for Senator Elizabeth Warren. His argument? Disney did it first. Seriously.

Donald Trump firstly exploited the insult during his 2016 expedition to criticize Warren for claiming Native American ancestry, but this time he flitted it out at a White House event honor Navajo code orators.

” We have a representative in Congress who they say was here long ago. They announce her’ Pocahontas, ‘” Trump quipped.

Native Americans understandably took offense to the use of “Pocahontas” as an offend. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, told CNN he thought it rose to the level of a ethnic slur.

” Pocahontas is a real party. It’s not a imitation, it’s not someone that’s just made up. This is a person, a young lady, a Native American girl that represented a critical role in the living standards of this commonwealth, and to use that person in that highway is unnecessary and it’s being culturally indifferent ,” he said.

Eric Trump’s bad tweet assumes that people are arguing the epithet “Pocahontas,” not the humiliating situation in which his father exerted it, is offensive. And if that’s true, isn’t Disney just as culpable?

It’s < em> not true, though. Although there are plenty of things to criticize about Disney’s portrayal of Pocahontas, the company didn’t use her identify as a pejorative. “Pocahontas” wasn’t even a annoying nickname for Warren until Donald Trump reached it one. The “irony” Eric perceives now plainly doesn’t exist, and he seems to be grasping at straws to extend the narrative that the President is an innocent casualty of the mainstream media.

Is Eric Trump ignorant, just tweeting in bad faith, or both? Doesn’t really matter, because he’s coming “ratio’d” — Twitter slang for a tweet with a high rate of exasperated observes to retweets and likes–either way. A few hours after affixing, he’s got 11,000 comments, and the majority of countries are negative.

R.I.P. Eric Trump’s Twitter mentions.

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