Sen. Franken Tells CNN It’s Racist for President to Refer to Sen. Warren as Pocahontas

Sen. Al Franken

Published February 12, 2017

WASHINGTON –  During an interview Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union,” U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota), a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, was critical of President Trump referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) as “Pocahontas.” He told Jake Tapper that he would have told Trump it is racist to call Senator Warren Pocahontas in the manner the president uses it.

When asked what he would have said to President Trump, Senator Franken replied:

“‘Don’t — please stop doing that. I’m on Indian Affairs. This is completely unacceptable. You really should stop doing this. It doesn’t serve anybody.”

Senator Franken was referring to the president calling Sen. Warren Pocahontas during a meeting on Thursday at the White House.

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