What Does the Trump Pocahontas Faux Pas Tell Us About Politics in America Today?

Yesterday, Monday, November 27th, 2017, President Donald Trump was holding an event at the Oval Office to honor the Native American Code Talkers of World War II.  During the presentation, President Trump chose to interject a little politics into the affair.

He declared to the guests, the Native American Code Talkers, “You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”

Of course, the reaction from the Progressive State Media is to focus on President Trump referring to Warren as Pocahontas, a term they have taken to calling ‘racist’ by its very nature.  Everyone else on planet obvious realizes the phrase is intended to make fun of Elizabeth Warren’s claims that she was a native American, a claim that has absolutely no basis in reality.

Some on the right criticize the President for using the “wrong” term.  He should have used a different term, a term that would be far more appropriate, to them, Fauxcahontas.

The media coverage from the Progressive State Media continues to gloss over the fact that Trump is taking a jab at Warren being caught lying.  Even The Atlantic, no conservative outlet, debunked her claims back in 2012 that she was part Cherokee Indian.

The media coverage from the rightosphere has continued to focus almost exclusively on Warren being a Fauxcahontas.  They seem to be giving President Trump a pass in politicizing an event that, by their own standards, standards they enforced when Barack Obama was president, was inappropriate.

President Trump chose to interject politics into an event that was to celebrate the ‘service’ of veterans in their 80s and older that had come from all across the country to get the honor long overdue to them (especially within the standards of the conservatives).  Had Obama done the same thing, the rage from the right would be real, would be deep, would be filled with memes.

From my perspective, this shows one of two things, President Trump has little to no discipline in holding his mouth from interjecting things at a most inopportune time or President Trump has long ago decided to forgo any semblance of civility and play the total political war the progressives have been playing for some time.  I’m inclined to believe it was the latter, but I would not at all be surprised to learn it was the former.

One thing this trending topic shows us is how committed to total political war both of the major political factions in America have become.  They have made less and less of an effort to even appear as if they have any standards that go beyond simply winning the narrative and advancing the agenda.  With the stakes as high as they are, given that the prize is control of a state machine that has near-complete ability to reach into the lives of the people it ostensibly serves (but is really served by, whether they want to serve it or not), this should come as no surprise to anyone looking from outside the fury of the total political war being fought today.
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