Trump tears into rival Democrat 'Pocahontas'

AFP Washington, DC, USA Oct 16, 2018, 10.16 PM(IST)

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Budding diplomatic crisis with ally Saudi Arabia, cleaning up after Hurricane Michael, stock market jitters and... President Donald Trump focused Tuesday on calling a rival Democratic senator names.

Trump's mockery of liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren's claim to have Native American blood has finally boiled up from a bizarre political sideshow to full-blown White House obsession.

Latching on to a disproven theory that Warren used her tribal heritage claim to advance her academic career at Harvard, Trump revels in denigrating the Democrat as "Pocahontas."

Pocahontas was a historical 17th century figure, long famous in US pop culture, but who has been turned by Trump into a jibe against Warren that he often repeats to laughter from the crowds at his campaign rallies.

Warren -- touted as a likely Democratic challenger to Trump in 2020 -- thought she'd put the matter to bed on Monday when she released a DNA test showing she does indeed have a sliver of Native American heritage.

But Trump, who once promised to pay $1 million to charity if Warren could ever prove her claim, savaged the senator again Tuesday in no less than three early morning tweets.

"Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed. She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American," he said.

He pointed out that the Cherokee Nation tribe -- which Warren has said an ancestor belonged to -- had rejected the relevance of her DNA claim, saying a "DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship."

"Now Cherokee Nation denies her," Trump gleefully tweeted. "Even they don’t want her. Phony!"