In a video shared to Twitter Wednesday, supporters of President Donald Trump heckled 2020 hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren as she landed in Reno, Nevada for a town hall in Carson City. Some liberal commenters say the protesters crossed the line into racism.
“A group of racist thugs ambushed @ewarren at the airport calling her ‘Pocahontas,'” tweeted LGBT activist Sam Wise on Wednesday in response to the clip, which was shared to Twitter by the Nevada Republican Party.
They can really put her into the White House, by thinking that this is a country as racist as they are and doing these type of mini Klan rallies.
— Bob B?? (@kitebro) October 3, 2019
Wise’s tweet received hundreds of retweets and nearly one thousand “likes.” Numerous, ostensibly liberal, commenters on social media agreed with Wise’s declaration that calling Warren “Pocahontas” was “racist.”
In the past, major media outlets – including Vanity Fair, HuffPost and Slate – have published stories characterizing the term “Pocahontas” as a racist slur.
Toward the end of the footage, some protesters can be heard shouting “Pocahontas” at Warren. The 70-year-old Democratic lawmaker’s claims to Native American heritage have come under fierce scrutiny from conservatives, including the president himself.
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The president’s supporters made their feelings about a Trump impeachment inquiry clear, chanting “Stop the impeachment!”
“Socialism is a true form of insanity,” a heckler shouted at one point.
The Warren campaign’s attempt last year to show evidence of her ancestry, by releasing a video in which a geneticist concluded the amount of Native American blood possessed by Warren ranges from 1/64th to 1/1024th, arguably backfired in a major way.
Around the time of the video’s release, a Cherokee Nation official slammed Warren for presenting the results of her DNA test as evidence of her Native American ancestry.
“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. in a statement.
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In August, Warren’s team scrubbed her official website of any mention of claims to Cherokee ancestry.
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