Donald Trump’s long history of clashes with Native Americans – The Washington Post

Donald Trump’s long history of clashes with Native Americans – The Washington Post

Donald Trump claimed that Indian reservations had fallen under mob control. He secretly paid for more than $1 million in ads that portrayed members of a tribe in Upstate New York as cocaine traffickers and career criminals. And he suggested in testimony and in media appearances that dark-skinned Native Americans in Connecticut were faking their ancestry.

“I think I might have more Indian blood than a lot of the so-called Indians that are trying to open up the reservations,” Trump said during a 1993 radio interview with shock jock Don Imus.

Trump’s harsh rhetoric on Native Americans was part of his aggressive war on the expanding Native American casino industry during the 1990s, which posed a threat to his gambling empire. The racially tinged remarks and broad-brush characterizations that Trump employed against Indian tribes for over a decade provided an early glimpse of the kind of incendiary language that he would use about racial and ethnic groups in the 2016 presidential campaign.

At a town hall in Roanoke, Va., on Monday, Trump called her “Pocahontas” again and said that Warren “hasn’t done anything. She is the worst senator in the U.S. Senate. You know, she’s got a fresh mouth, other than that she’s got nothing going. She has done nothing in the U.S. Senate.”

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