Last week President Trump came to town for a campaign rally. He spent about an hour and a half rattling off the greatest hits of his campaign speeches. He gave a token mention to fellow real estate developer Matt Rosendale and fellow press hater Greg Gianforte, but the President mostly stuck to talking about himself and his political rivals. At the top of that list was Elizabeth Warren.
Trump rehashed his insult of calling the Senator from Massachusetts Pocahontas. For those of you who don’t sit at home mainlining Fox News all day every day, Warren claimed Native American heritage at one point in her life and has since been called out as maybe not being truthful about that. Definitely a no-no in Montana and across the country to try and claim unfounded native heritage, but Trump’s insult, of calling her Pocahontas, also crosses a line.
Montana American Indian Caucus took notice and wrote an eloquent opinion piece expressing their concerns. In part:
Trump’s language is not just offensive — it has real and tangible consequences on Indian people, including our youth. The American Psychological Association has identified that “ethnic minority children’s academic and social development, self-esteem, and personal feelings of efficacy” can be negatively affected by racism. This is of great concern to us, as American Indians have the highest rate of suicide in Montana.
This begs the question, did the white elected officials from Montana laugh, cheer, or back slap at this offensive remark?
When the President insulted one-in-10 Montanans, did Matt Rosendale flash that trademark slanted grin?
Did Greg Gianforte and Steve Daines wipe away tears of laughter with one of their spare hundred dollar bills?
We didn’t expect any of these family value GOPers to storm the stage and fight the President for insulting Montanans. Come on, they aren’t British reporters for god’s sake. But we at least hope they had the courtesy and spine to not encourage the President’s bigotry.
Would be a good question for someone to ask them.