President Trump’s choice of words Monday during a ceremony to honor Native American World War II heroes drew widespread backlash from many, including Matthew Begay, a Navajo man who lives in Elk Grove.
Begay, an IT worker at the California Indian Manpower Consortium, said while he was hurt by the President’s comments, he wasn’t surprised.
“My first thought was like, ‘here we go again,’” he told ABC10. “This is what we deal with every day as Native Americans… it’s almost accepted to the general audience out there. That's just normal, you know?”
But, he added, it’s not normal.
“It’s insulting, it’s rude, you know?” he said.
While honoring the Navajo veterans, known as code talkers, President Trump made a jab about Sen. Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pocahontas.”
Many people – including Warren – slammed the President for his use of a racial slur. But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called that “a ridiculous response.”
Begay, however, said Pocahontas is a racial slur.
“Sarah Huckabee saying it's not racial slur, that’s them just not knowing that they are insulting,” he said. “There’s over 500 nations and she was a member of one tribe. And you’re talking to a totally different tribe.”
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