By COLLEEN MCCAIN NELSON – – – – –
Republican Donald Trump kept up his attacks on his Democratic sparring partner Elizabeth Warren on Thursday, calling the Massachusetts senator “Pocahontas” and a “real disaster.”
But Mr. Trump’s mocking reference to the historical Native American sparked push-back during his news conference in North Dakota.
Mr. Trump, who has traded jabs with the senator in recent days, has called Ms. Warren “Pocahontas” on several occasions in an effort to highlight her past claim of Native-American heritage. When he repeated the moniker Thursday in Bismarck, N.D., a reporter, later identified as Nicole Robertson, a Cree Indian, yelled out, “That’s very offensive!”
“Oh, I’m sorry about that,” Mr. Trump said. But he then quickly uttered the name again.
“Pocahontas? Is that what you just said?” Mr. Trump asked another reporter. “Elizabeth Warren?”
The presumptive Republican nominee went on to blast Ms. Warren’s Senate record, saying that she’s been “very ineffective other than she’s got a big mouth.” He also suggested that she had unfairly benefited from her reported Native-American ancestry.
“She said she was Native American, but she wasn’t able to document it,” Mr. Trump said Thursday. “She said, ‘Well, I have high cheek bones. You see, I have high cheek bones, so I’m a Native American.”
“I think she’s as Native American as I am,” he added.
Ms. Warren faced questions during her 2012 Senate campaign about why she sometimes described herself as white and other times designated herself as a minority during her law career.
The Massachusetts senator and Mr. Trump have been sparring from afar this week, exchanging punches on Twitter and castigating one another in public remarks.
Ms. Warren took aim at the presumptive GOP nominee during a speech on Tuesday, condemning Mr. Trump’s past comments suggesting he was hoping the housing bubble would burst so that he could make a profit in a down market.
“What kind of man does that? Root for people to get thrown out on the street?” Ms. Warren said. “What kind of man does that? I’ll tell you exactly what kind: a man care about no one but himself, a small, insecure money-grubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt so long as he makes some money off it.”