Following the US immigration sensitivities, Trump has been relatively quiet. Until now. Speaking at a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday night, President Donald Trump managed to mock Native Americans as well as the #MeToo movement. The comments were directed at Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, claiming that she used her distance heritage for political gain.
“Pocahontas, they always want me to apologise for saying it,” Mr Trump said during a rally in Montana.. “And I hereby… oh no I want to apologise I’ll use tonight. Pocahontas I apologise to you, I apologise, to you I apologise. To the fake Pocahontas, I won’t apologise.”
In addition, Mr Trump offered the senator $1 million to her favourite charity to take a DNA test. Fact checkers could not confirm if Warren was indeed of Native American heritage but the lack of proof did not “preclude Warren from having traces of Native American heritage.”
President Trump appears to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a rally in Montana, promising to ask her to complete a test for the results of her heritage.
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Trump also suggested that the #MeToo movement was a joke. “I’m going to get one of those little kits, and in the middle of the debate when she proclaims that she’s of Indian heritage, because her mother says she has high cheekbones,” Trump said. “We will take that little kit and … we have to do it gently because we’re in the ‘MeToo’ generation so we have to be very gentle. And we will very gently take that kit, and we will slowly toss it,” Trump continued. “Hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm. Even though it only weighs probably two ounces.”
Warren responded via Twitter shortly after, suggesting that the president should focus on reuniting children that were separated from their parents at the border. “Hey [Donald Trump] While you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order,” she wrote. “Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you’re destroying.”
Following his zero-tolerance policy earlier last month, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that his agency must reunite nearly 3,000 children with their parents, using DNA tests to assist the process.
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