President Donald Trump was highly criticized on Saturday for making an apparent joke about genocide during political attack on a 2020 campaign challenger.
On Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced she was running for the highest office in the land.
Trump, who has nicknamed Warren "Pocohontas" over her claims of Native American heritage, blasted the Massachusetts Democrat on Twitter.
Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as o… https://t.co/chTIbTcD1H— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1549752845.0
Trump's all-caps reference to "trail" was widely taken as a reference to the "trail of tears" -- the forced relocation of Native Americans following the passage of the 1830 Indian Removal Act.
Thousands of Native Americans died.
Donald Trump, Jr. even shared an image on Instagram saying, "the Native American genocide continues with another murder by the president."
Here are some of the criticism of the commander-in-chief:
This is a genocide joke. https://t.co/J5Gwt4v7hg— Adam Klasfeld (@Adam Klasfeld) 1549754762.0
This is an extremely racist “joke” — the punchline is a riff on genocide — and would probably get him kicked off Tw… https://t.co/7sJRGkYm68— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum) 1549757033.0
Pro tip: You don't need all caps, let your genocide pun sell itself. https://t.co/aalAgEYs0F— J. Elvis Weinstein (@J. Elvis Weinstein) 1549756947.0
@atrupar I agree genocide is the lowest for tRump thus far. I should hope so.— Dr. Jeffrey Guterman (@Dr. Jeffrey Guterman) 1549756835.0
Because genocide is hilarious (if you’re a bad person) https://t.co/ALvOps9Z4U— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡) 1549756818.0
Applauding the genocide of indigenous people to own the libs.— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1549756783.0
The same week in which the political world has united around the notion that posting a black face pic on your yearb… https://t.co/PwWQlgaFbg— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein) 1549758765.0
I try to never dignify this man’s tweets, but there is little doubt here that he uses “TRAIL” to evoke the genocida… https://t.co/HdGMHxUPzN— Jamil Smith (@Jamil Smith) 1549755437.0
where the president's son reposts a horrible joke about the genocide of native americans based of a horrible joke a… https://t.co/cWoN1qQ6GM— jay cowit (@jay cowit) 1549756787.0
i thought i'd stopped being surprised by how gleefully cruel don jr is a while ago but jesus fucking christ— Ashley Feinberg (@Ashley Feinberg) 1549756368.0
I said from day one that Trump should have been banned from twitter.— Tom Tomorrow is so very tired (@Tom Tomorrow is so very tired) 1549755750.0