During Monday’s White House press conference, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders faced questions regarding President Trump’s day with Navajo Code Talkers, during which he joked about Sen. Elizabeth Warren, referring to her as “Pocahontas” because of her false claim of Native American heritage.
“Why did he feel the need to say something as offensive to many people while honoring the Navajo Code Talkers — these genuine, American heroes?” a reporter asked during the press conference.
“I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career,” Sanders replied.
“But she said it was a racial slur. She said it was a racial slur. What is your response to that?” the reporter rebutted.
“I think that’s a ridiculous response,” said Sanders.
A second reporter also contributed to the ridiculous line of questioning by chiming in with the following:
“… the moment had many people online asking whether the President lacks decency. What’s your response to that notion?”
Sanders answered by pointing out that the President greatly values the Code Talkers, which is why the event was planned to begin with:
“ (It’s) why he brought them and invited them to come to the White House and spend time with them, recognizing them, and honoring them today,” Sanders said.
A third reporter also joined in, asking, “Why is it appropriate for the President to use a racial slur in any context?”
“I don’t believe that it is appropriate for him to make a racial slur or anybody else,” Sanders replied.
The reporter then suggested that “a lot of people feel” the term was a “racial slur,” and put the question on repeat.
“So why is it appropriate for him to use that?”
“Like I said, I don’t think that it is, and I don’t think that was — certainly not the President’s intent,” Sanders retorted.
The reporter then tried to cleverly rephrase the question, but Sanders’ response shut it down.
“Does he see political value in calling people out racially?,” the reporter asked.
Pointing to Warren’s “very offensive” false claim to Native American heritage only to “advance her career,” Sanders said, “I don’t understand why no one is asking about that question and why that isn’t constantly covered.”