A variety of Fox News personalities have launched defenses of President Donald Trump over the previous two years with many stretching the bounds of credulity. But Brit Hume appeared to maneuver into contemporary territory Saturday when suggesting that the president was too ignorant to have been making an offensive joke referring to the genocide of Native Americans.
“Yes, because Trump is noted for his knowledge of 19th century American history vis a vis the native population. Jeez,” Hume tweeted in response to a suggestion that Trump was invoking the Trail of Tears—the compelled relocation of Native Americans within the 19th century that led to hundreds of deaths.
Yes, as a result of Trump is famous for his information of 19th century American historical past vis a vis the native inhabitants. Jeez. https://t.co/WYmvB1jg1O
— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 10, 2019
“Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!” Trump tweeted in continued reference to Warren being discovered to have beforehand exaggerated her Native American ancestry.
The tweet and its use of capitalization was broadly interpreted to be referring to the genocide. Trump’s eldest son clearly indicated that to be the case. Donald Trump Jr. screenshotted a reply to Trump’s tweet, joking on Instagram that “The Native American genocide continues with another murder by the president.” Accompanying the tweets, Trump Jr. wrote: “Savage!!! Love my President.”
When CNN journalist Andrew Kaczynski pushed again on Hume’s declare, the Fox News host doubled down. “He says ignorant and offensive things regularly, but he is not noted for veiled references to historical events,” Hume stated.
While it’s true that Trump has usually displayed an ignorance of each American and world historical past, the claims he was unaware of what he was referencing with using the phrase “TRAIL” seem far-fetched.
Trump has spoken extremely of former President Andrew Jackson, who signed the Indian Removal Act into legislation in 1830, and even has his portrait hanging within the Oval Office. What’s extra, Trump has beforehand referred to different Native American tragedies with the intention to mock Warren.
“If Elizabeth Warren, usually referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this business from Bighorn or Wounded Knee as an alternative of her kitchen, together with her husband wearing full Indian garb, it could have been a smash!” Trump tweeted in January.
Hume was not alone in coming to the president’s aspect on Fox News. Other personalities additionally defended or ignored the tweet, selecting as an alternative to concentrate on what they stated had been Warren’s lies about her Native American heritage. Warren apologized final week after it was revealed that she recognized herself as Native American on a Texas Bar registration within the 1980s.
President Donald Trump speaks whereas posing for images with sheriffs within the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on February 11, 2019. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images