CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Sunday about President Trump calling her “Pocahontas,” and her response didn’t exactly answer the question.
“Does that bother you when the President calls you Pocahontas?” Acosta asked. “Do you think that he is being disrespectful to Native Americans when he does that? Doesn’t that bother you because of your family’s heritage?” (RELATED: Elizabeth Warren Tries And Fails To Reinvent Her Legacy On American Indian Policies)
“Look, this is what I was trying to tell you,” Warren responded. “It’s about my family’s story because my family’s story is deeply apart of me and apart of my brothers. It’s what we learned from our parents. It’s what we learned from our grandparents, it’s what we learned from our aunts and our uncles.”
“I went to speak to Native American tribal leaders and I made a promise to them, that every time President Trump wants to try to throw out some kind of racial slur, he wants to try to attack me, I’m going to use it as a chance to lift up their stories and I’m going to do that right now by pointing out that more than half of all native women in this country have been the victims of sexual violence and more than half of them are attacked by non-natives and the American government is doing nothing about this.” (RELATED: Elizabeth Warren: ‘We March In Pink Pussy Hats!’ [VIDEO])
“This is an issue that’s happening right here in America. Native women are subjected to sexual violence at rates much higher than any other group in our country. We need to put some focus on this and we need to make some changes on this. We owe it to people living in native communities.”