In case you missed it, President Donald Trump created a bit of a firestorm this afternoon when he decided to once again take a shot at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with his favorite nickname for her — Pocahontas. However, in this instance, he tossed out the racial slur while honoring Navajo code talkers who served in World War II. And as you’d imagine, his “joke” went over like a lead balloon.
Now, if you were wondering who beyond the White House was going to publicly defend Trump tone-deaf and offensive display, look no further. During a CNN panel discussion this evening, CNN political commentator — and Trump loyalist — Ed Martin claimed that the president was just inserting humor into the proceedings.
After stating that no one would know the heroic actions of the code talkers if it weren’t for Trump honoring them today, Martin explained that the didn’t find Trump remarks offensive. “I think it’s more fun and effective than anything,” he said, adding that he thought Trump’s behavior was appropriate.
“Well, that doesn’t surprise me,” conservative commentator Tara Setmayer responded. “Who are you to determine what Native Americans find offensive and what they don’t?”
Martin stated he was only giving his own thoughts, leading Setmayer to point out that neither he nor White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — Sanders had claimed earlier the president’s words weren’t offensive — were Native American.
“Maybe you don’t find it offensive, but plenty of Native Americans find that offensive,” she exclaimed. “And the fact that the president of the United States doesn’t have enough respect or enough tact to even recognize that it’s just inappropriate, that you don’t make comments like that when you’re honoring someone else.”
Later on in the debate, Setmayer would describe the president’s actions as “classless” while Martin claimed that the honorees likely recognized the humor in Trump’s comments, causing Setmayer and anchor Anderson Cooper to point out that that did not appear to be the case.
Towards the end of the segment, after Martin reiterated that he thought the president was being “witty and funny,” Cooper and Setmayer explained that Native American organizations have come out and said the use of Pocahontas is a racial slur and offensive.
“Your own actions support your hypocrisy, Ed, so just go ahead,” Setmayer declared in conclusion. “People see right through it. Go ahead.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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