President Trump during a Wednesday night rally invoked his 13-year-old son Barron Trump while attacking Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with a racial slur.
“Crazy Pocahontas goes to the middle of Central Park and gets a crowd,” Trump said at the rally in Battle Creek, Mich. The Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes has previously condemned Trump’s use of “Pocahontas” as “a racial slur.” The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has also formally condemned Trump for his “continued use of the name ‘Pocohantas’ as a slur” when referring to Sen. Warren.
“I could have Barron Trump go into Central Park and he’d get a crowd,” Trump added. “He’d get a bigger crowd,” than Warren.
Trump attacked reports over Warren’s large crowd sizes and went on to tout his crowd sizes.
Trump’s comments come two weeks after Republicans and Melania Trump criticized a witness during the impeachment hearing for invoking Barron Trump during her testimony.
Last week, Floozie Flotus was chiding a law professor not to use Barron as a political pawn. He's only 13! Greta Thunberg, however, made herself a target.
One week later, Trump in Battle Creek stating that 13 year old Barron Trump would draw a bigger crowd that E Warren: pic.twitter.com/0q0FaE0hAL
— 〽〽〽〽… 🅱risket (@LosBilbilocos) December 19, 2019
Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan said, “contrary to what President Trump has said, Article 2 does not give him the power to do anything he wants, and I’ll just give you one example that shows you the difference between him and a king, which is the Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”
Karlan later apologized after backlash from critics, including First Lady Melania Trump who said Karlan “should be ashamed [of] using a child [for her] biased public pandering.”
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham called the comment “classless,” and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told Karlan that the comment made her “look mean.”
Melania would later issue a rare public statement responding to her husband’s latest public attack of 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg after she was named Time’s “Person of the Year,” an honor Trump was on the shortlist for.
Thousands of social media users called on Melania to respond to her husband’s remarks in light of her “Be Best” campaign, which encourages children to be kind on social media and speak “with respect and compassion.”
Melania responded to the mounting criticism in a press statement a few days later.
“BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children,” read the White House statement released on behalf of Melania. “It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do.”
Then, the statement seemed to justify Trump’s attack.
“Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches,” the statement continued. “He is a 13-year-old who wanted and deserves privacy.”
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) December 13, 2019