Liberals are up in arms after Donald Trump, who I am unfortunately reminded daily is still the President of the United States, referred to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren by the name, "Pocahontas."
The name is in mocking reference to the accusation that Warren lied about her Native American heritage and used it to advance her career. Axios has a great summary on where these allegations stem from, her response, and the reaction of others.
That reaction, of course, includes the accusation that Trump calling her that name is racist, which it is. The Alliance of Colonial Era tribes might have said it best on Twitter: "American Indian names, whether they be historic or contemporary, are not meant to be used as insults. To do so is to reduce them to racial slurs."
The president, of course, would never admit to such. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders defended it by saying, "I think what most people find offensive is Elizabeth Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career."
Racist or not, don't expect the president to drop this nickname any time soon. Warren is considered to be a leading contender for the Democratic White House ticket in 2020, and the problem for her is that the name has some bite.
If there's one thing that Donald Trump is good at, it's defining the faults of his opponents in short, succinct, memorable and repeatable phrases. Every time you hear the name Pocahontas in reference to Warren, you are reminded of the fact that she did, in fact, claim Native American heritage without any proof whatsoever to back it up.
Whether you believe her side of the story or not (she claims she was told growing up that she was part Cherokee, and defenders note Cherokee heritage is difficult to prove), the accusation against her is what it is, and Warren critics, including Trump, can remind you of it in a one-second sound byte without having to re-hash the whole story.
It's the same reason why "Crooked Hillary" was so effective during the campaign. Whereas your typical politician or Clinton critic would want to point out in detail all of the things that might cause you to distrust her ("there was Whitewater, and Benghazi, and the emails, and blah, blah, blah"), Trump could remind people of everything about Clinton that gave you pause in five syllables.
Donald Trump, a bully, thrives in this type of environment. He goes low in ways in which his opponents are either unwilling or unable, leaving them humiliated in the public.
Which is why I ultimately think it will take an equally biting tactic by liberals in order to take down Trump. Something that really gets under his skin, and gets to the heart of everything that's wrong with him as both a person and a president.
When I first sat down to write this piece, I thought, "Pinnocchio." He lies, just like Pinnocchio did. During the campaign, it really bothered him when he was accused of being a pawn of Putin. But ultimately, I decided it just didn't have the bite. Pinnocchio, after all, ultimately turned out to be someone we liked.
Ultimately, it needs to be a name with more sting, and be more direct. Not only does it need to tackle his untruths that liberals like to fixate on (Obama's wiretaps, illegal aliens costing him the popular vote, his crowd size at his inauguration), but also be one that gives his conservative voters pause. Where, after all, is the repeal of Obamacare, or trade reform, or the wall?
Donald Trump, throughout his life as a private citizen, and now as president, has shown himself to be a scam artist.
And now, for the man who is willing to go after anyone and everyone except the president of Russia, might I suggest this:
Scam-puppet. As in this...
Scam-Puppet Donald Trump hasn't delivered on ANY of his promises, and will criticize anyone EXCEPT Putin. Sad!!!— Jason Griffin (@jasongriffin1) November 29, 2017
Three syllables. Succinct. Memorable. Summarizes everything that is wrong with this administration so far.
Liberals, you can thank me in 2020.
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