Saturday, February 11, 2017

Trump to Dems: 'Pocahontas is now the face of your party' - CNNPolitics.com

Trump to Dems: 'Pocahontas is now the face of your party' - CNNPolitics.com:

Trump to Dems: 'Pocahontas is now the face of your party'


Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump taunted Democrats by telling them "Pocahontas is now the face of your party" -- his insult of choice for Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- during a meeting with senators earlier this week, sources told CNN.
The President also used the Thursday meeting at the White House to again surface unfounded claims of voter fraud during the 2016 presidential election.
The sources said the Warren moment came up in the context of Trump's impromptu analysis of the state of the Democratic Party. Trump made his comments in what appeared to be a reference to Warren's criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his confirmation process. Her comments prompted Republicans to invoke an arcane rule to cut her off.
The moment galvanized Democrats and has elevated Warren's standing among progressives.
Trump used his pejorative campaign nickname for Warren -- a reference to her claims of having Native American ancestry -- several times during the meeting, which one source described as "equal parts bizarre and completely awkward."
At one point, Trump said the only reason Warren claimed Native American heritage was "because she has high cheekbones," one of the sources said.
The White House and Warren's office haven't responded to a CNN request for comment. The story was first reported by Politico.
For Trump, it was a unscheduled -- and unsolicited -- return to a frequent campaign riff attacking Warren, who at the time served as a top surrogate to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In doing so, he was digging back into questions over Warren's ancestry from her 2012 Senate race, which Warren defended at the time, in part, by citing the high cheekbones of her grandfather.
"She's got less Native American blood in her than I have, OK?" Trump said during a July rally in North Carolina. "Believe me ... She goes, 'Well look at my cheekbones.'"
Trump, in a similar line of attack during a Washington state rally in May, called Warren "a total phony."Trump to Dems: 'Pocahontas is now the face of your party' - CNNPolitics.com:


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