Twitter Users Blast Eric Trump For Defending Father

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Twitter users blasted Eric Trump after he tried to defend his father, President Donald Trump, over comments the president made while honoring Navajo war veterans in the White House.

The incident occurred on Nov. 27 during an event meant to honor Native Americans who helped America win World War II, Daily Mail reported.

While speaking with the war veterans, President Trump took a jab at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, referring to her as "Pocahontas."

"You were here long before any of us were here," the president told the war veterans during the event. "Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her 'Pocahontas.'"

The president has repeatedly mocked Warren by calling her "Pocahontas" in the past. Warren had previously stated that her mother had ancestors who were members of the Cherokee and Delaware tribes.

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Eric Trump took to Twitter on Nov. 28 to defend his father's comments.

"The irony of an ABC reporter (whose parent company Disney has profited nearly half a billion dollars on the movie 'Pocahontas') inferring that the name is 'offensive' is truly staggering to me," the younger Trump tweeted.

Several social media users blasted Eric Trump for his position on the matter.

"The movie is about the real Pocahontas u stupid a**," wrote one Twitter user. (Your) dad is taking the name and using it as a slur. Racist what part of that do u not get? Just how dumb are you?"

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"Seriously? You can’t be that stupid," wrote another user. "Honoring Pocahontas in a story and using her name to slur a senator are opposites not hypocrisy."

"Eric, look at the facial expression of the man your dad is 'honoring,'" another user added. "His forced smile (the face of everyone listening to your dad ramble) drops, as he is staggered by the offensive comment."

Many criticized the president's joke, including some family members of Navajo war veterans.

"It was uncalled for," Marty Thompson, whose great-uncle was a Navajo Code Talker, told CBS News. "He can say what he wants when he's out doing his presidential business among his people, but when it comes to honoring veterans or any kind of people, he needs to grow up and quit saying things like that."

"Maybe he doesn't know we're different tribes," added Lupita Holiday, who is the daughter of a Code Talker from St. George. "Look at the history of Pocahontas and maybe find out what she did and then find out what the Code Talkers did. It's two different things. Two different tribes."

Sources: Daily Mail, Eric Trump/Twitter, Twitter (2, 3) / Featured Image: VOA / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons

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