Yesterday, President Trump was at a White House event ostensibly intended to honor the NAVAJO code talkers — Native American veterans of World War II. Trump could not help seizing the opportunity to exploit the heroes to make get in a racist dig.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today broke ranks with his own party to make clear that Trump’s behavior is in no way acceptable (below).
In addition to making the heroes stand underneath a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the violently anti-Indian president responsible for the Trail of Tears and other brutal massacres, Trump cracked a joke invoking his racist nickname for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): Pocahontas.
McCain — Trump’s sometime foe, sometime enabler — is himself a military hero. This morning, in a not so subtle jab at his party’s president, McCain called him out for the disrespectful display and for “politicizing these genuine American heroes”
We don’t always agree with Senator McCain, but when he finally is pushed to speak out against Trump’s disgraceful acts, he is a voice worth listening to.
Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Navajo Code Talkers, whose bravery, skill & tenacity helped secure our decisive victory over tyranny & oppression during WWII. Politicizing these genuine American heroes is an insult to their sacrifice.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 28, 2017