Immediately after President Donald Trump chose to honor Navajo Code Talkers by cracking a “Pocahontas” joke about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Twitter all but exploded with incredulity.
“I’d like to honor you by joking about a racial slur against your people,” film critic John Rogers tweeted, speculating about Trump’s thought process when making his ill-conceived quip.
“He can’t help himself,” another user mused.
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), meanwhile, noted that “Trump’s Pocahontas remark in front of Navajo code talkers is offensive and shows his complete ignorance for Native American history during Native American Heritage Month.”
Check out some of the best responses below.
if trump ever gives a speech at the NAACP we're gonna have to brace for him calling obama a "halfrican" https://t.co/wDxEmoK5Ji
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) November 27, 2017
While this is some grade A tone deafness from Trump, isn't lumping all Native Americans together also weird? Code Talkers are Navajo. Pocahontas was Powhatan. I doubt they even knew each other existed based on how far apart their territories were. https://t.co/VkedKy8lZ3
— neontaster (@neontaster) November 27, 2017
the writers of this TV show are starting to get predictable https://t.co/VVqmmbCBom
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) November 27, 2017
This dude has no problem being racist around the race he's being racist against, even if the people happen to be war heroes. https://t.co/5fD86BLR21
— Christian Polanco (@chrispolanco) November 27, 2017
These are my brothers.
These are the Navajo code talkers.
DON'T YOU EVER DISHONOR THEM.
You don't have any honor and know nothing about service.
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) November 27, 2017
Hey, white supremacists gonna white supremacist. https://t.co/4NnqZiKokU
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) November 27, 2017
We've all seen a lot of people trying not to make faces when POTUS says something utterly crude.
The Navajo code talkers get the award for delivering it best.
Thank you for your service, gentlemen. You saved my grandfather's ass in the Pacific and you are great Americans.
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) November 27, 2017
What's the Navajo word for jackass? https://t.co/tpGrzvxm04
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) November 27, 2017
Even if you buy that Warren was intentionally fraudulent, how weird is this? Imagine making Dolezal a focus at NAACP event, or Jews for Jesus at an ADL event. https://t.co/EerA34tqUO
— (((Ron Kampeas))) (@kampeas) November 27, 2017
jfc, insults the Navajo Code Talkers to their face in the Oval Office. That Andrew Jackson portrait really ties the room together now https://t.co/Sp7I0BmbAz
— Dusty Giebel (@DustinGiebel) November 27, 2017
Veep writers take note: Andrew Jackson is actually staring at the Navajo Code Talkers right behind them. https://t.co/cjtQMeNi4T
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) November 27, 2017
Trump dings “Pocahontas” in Congress as he delivers remarks to Navajo code talkers in the Oval Office. pic.twitter.com/AAGK182v5o
— Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty) November 27, 2017
OMG Pocahontas is trending OMG I heard something about code talkers
I can't look
what did he do
No. Can't look. Can't do it. Can't do it
— Jonathan Libby (@JonLibbyTwit) November 27, 2017
"Pocahontas"?! In front of Native American code talkers?!
How do you say "Piece of Sh*t" in Navajo?
Asking for an embarrassed nation. pic.twitter.com/tq9KugjiaI
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) November 27, 2017
Also punisher trump's racist remarks are meant to give cover to his assault on middle, working class and poor families with this tax plan. Watch gang.
— Masked Scheduler (@maskedscheduler) November 27, 2017
This is almost impressively racist. https://t.co/dQLi33XwjK
— Nate Igor Smith (@drivenbyboredom) November 27, 2017