Hurt on Trump's 'Pocahontas' Barbs: POTUS 'Making Fun of Identity Politics' as a Whole
Columnist Charles Hurt said that when President Trump riffs on Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas," he does so to lampoon the entire topic of "identity politics" as a whole.
Trump labeled Warren (D-Mass.) "Pocahontas" over her claims of Cherokee ancestry. The Cherokee Nation, among other entities, blasted Warren for publicizing recent DNA test results that show she is a small percentage Native American.
The real Pocahontas was a 17th Century Powhatan princess.
Hurt said the percentage of Native blood Warren appears to hold is similar if not less than the average Caucasian American.
"I should've claimed to have been Native American, maybe I could've gotten into Harvard," he said, adding that the exercise reveals "how absurd this identity politics is."
Reacting to President Trump's similar dismissal of Warren over her DNA test and ensuing political ad, Hurt said the president is "making fun of the whole issue of identity politics" when he riffs on her at rallies.
He said it was surprising that a potential serious presidential candidate would make her first campaign act be the disclosure of DNA results.
"This is the kind of stuff that went on in... the 1800s, it's disgusting," he said.
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