Native Sun News Today Editorial: Donald Trump's racial slur draws laughter from far right

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Pocahontas: A racial slur that draws a big laugh from the far-right
By Native Sun News Today Editorial Board

There is an old saying that goes, “One lies and the other swears to it.” Sound familiar?

Donald Trump lies and Sean Spicer swears to it. This is probably the first time in the history of the American presidency that lies become meaningless. If you tell a lie often enough it eventually becomes the truth.

Where are all of the Evangelicals who voted for Trump? In their Bible, Proverbs 14:5 it reads, “An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.” Have they become immune to his lies?

While we are on this topic we, as Native Americans, do not find it one bit funny that Trump stood on the podium last week and called out Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.” And Trump’s band of followers laugh their pointed heads off.

Now let’s just suppose Trump decided to use the same tactic on other races. Suppose he called African American Congressman from Georgia, John Lewis, “Uncle Tom,” or African American Congresswoman from California, Maxine Waters, “Aunt Jemima,” or Chinese American Hiram Fong of Hawaii, “Charlie Chan,” or Mexican American Bob Menendez of New Jersey, “Speedy Gonzalez?” It amounts to the same racist taunt. When he calls Warren “Pocahontas” he is insulting all Native Americans.

Elizabeth Warren was born and raised in Oklahoma. She mentioned in passing that she believed one of her grandparents was of Native American heritage. The same can be said of hundreds of Oklahomans. Never did she use this to advance her career. We think Trump is afraid she will oppose him in 2020, should he last that long, and so he is starting his name calling early. Remember “Crooked Hillary,” “Lying Ted’ and “Little Marco?” If one uses these insulting names often enough before long they stick and diminish the character of the individual. It’s a political tactic that goes back to the 1800s and beyond.

Trump decided it was time to pay off the Christian right that voted for him. He will issue an executive order designed to "protect and vigorously promote religious liberty" and "alleviate the burden" of a law designed to prohibit religious leaders from speaking out about politics, according to senior administration officials.

The order aims to make it easier for employers with religious objections not to include contraception coverage in workers' health care plans, although it would be up to federal agencies to determine how that would happen.

It would also ease IRS enforcement of the so-called Johnson Amendment, which says tax-exempt religious organizations cannot participate in political activity. While only Congress can formally do away with the law, this will pave the way for churches and other religious leaders to speak about politics and endorse candidates without worrying about losing their tax-exempt status according to the Associated Press.

That means these “tax-exempt” religious orders can now preach openly from the pulpit about which candidate they choose to promote. Another arrow in the heart of separation of church and state. The Bible is now being used as a shelter for liars and the Evangelicals applaud. And Pocahontas is spinning in her grave.

As we said in an earlier editorial, “buckle up folks because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

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