Franken Says He Would Have Told Trump Calling Warren Pocahontas Was ‘Racist’
Al Franken would have defended Elizabeth Warren, if given the chance, after President Trump called her “Pocahontas.”
The Hill reports:
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Sunday criticized President Trump for referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as “Pocahontas.”
In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union,” Franken said he would have “said something” to Trump about the way he referred to the Massachusetts senator.
When asked what he would have said, Franken responded: “‘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,'” Franken said he would have told the president. “Something like that.”
Last week, the president reportedly mocked Democrats in a meeting with senators for letting Warren become the face of their party.
“Pocahontas is now the face of your party,” Trump said in the meeting, sources told CNN.
Trump frequently called Warren “Pocahontas” during his presidential campaign, referencing a controversy about her heritage that she faced during her 2012 Senate campaign. Warren says she grew up being told she had Cherokee heritage.
Warren has been a strong critic of Trump since his presidential campaign and has spoken out strongly against many of Trump’s Cabinet nominees.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) interrupted Warren and said she had violated Senate rules by impugning her colleague, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
Senate Republicans then voted to bar Warren from speaking on the Senate floor until after lawmakers wrapped up the debate on Sessions’s nomination for attorney general.
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