A Native Perspective: 100 Days: Trump Still Stuck on the “Pocahontas” Complex

President Trump Gives Remarks at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum

Guest Commentary 

Published April 29, 2017

On Friday, in a speech to the National Rifle Association, President Trump was speaking about his victory in the electoral college. He noted that he was the only candidate to give a speech to the NRA during the campaign. And he warned his audience that in the 2020 election many Democratic candidates would be clamoring to speak to the NRA as well, possibly even Elizabeth Warren, who he referred to as “Pocahontas.”

Also on Friday, in an interview with Reuters President Trump stated, regarding the Presidency, “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

On April 23rd, in an interview with the Associated Press, President Trump was asked, “Is there anything from your business background that just doesn’t translate into the presidency, that just simply is not applicable to this job?”

To which he replied, “Well in business, you don’t necessarily need heart, whereas here, almost everything affects people…in business but you’re trying to just negotiate a good price…Here, everything, pretty much everything you do in government, involves heart, whereas in business, most things don’t involve heart…In fact, in business you’re actually better off without it [heart].”

No wonder President Trump finds the job of being President so hard. By his own admission, his years of business experience has literally trained him to exploit, objectify and dehumanize anyone who stood in his way of making a profit. But it is not true that business does not require heart. Business, like government, affects people. And any job that affects people requires heart. The reason that President Trump believes business does not require heart, is because he has taught himself to value profits more than people.

As a Native man, I am appalled that in a speech in 2017 to the National Rifle Association President Trump ignorantly and childishly referred to a female political opponent by calling her the racially insensitive name Pocahontas. But unfortunately, that is what happens when we elect a selfish and greedy business man who celebrates that his previous life taught him to conduct himself without regard for having heart.

In the same interview with Reuters, President Trump “reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House.” And he stated that “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,”

I encourage President Trump to follow his longing and return to his previous life as a business man. And sooner is probably better than later. Because an office that expects you to govern for the good of hundreds of millions of people, an office that has been stripped of the legal constraints of conflict of interest, and an office that gives you access to the unbelievable power of launching nuclear weapons, is not an office that someone without heart should occupy.

Mark Charles (Navajo) serves as the Washington DC correspondent for Native News Online and is the author of the popular blogReflections from the Hogan.” His writings are regularly published by Native News Online in a column titled “A Native Perspective” which addresses news directly affecting Indian Country as well as offering a Native perspective on national and global news stories. Mark is active on Facebook,Twitter,YouTube andInstagram .

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