'Savage': Donald Trump Jr. hits back over Native American reaction to dad's jab at Elizabeth Warren

Donald Trump Jr., with Kimberly Guilfoyle behind, at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in November. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

President Trump took to Twitter after Sen. Elizabeth Warren officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday to continue mocking her for her claim of Native American ancestry. In the process, he appeared to joke about the Trail of Tears as well, sparking a backlash from Native Americans, who are not amused.

Some Trump supporters argued that the president was simply referring to the campaign trail, not referring to the many indigenous people who died after being forced to leave their ancestral lands on the East Coast of the United States in the Indian Removal Act of 1830. But then Trump Jr. posted a screenshot of writer Michael Malice’s tweet, which played up the possible Trail of Tears reference.

“The Native American genocide continues with another murder by the president,” Malice wrote. The first son replied with, “Savage!!! Love my President.”

Reaction online was swift.

“To Native people, the Trail of Tears is no funny matter,” wrote Native News Online.

To the people who insist that Trump and his supporters are aiming their barbs at Warren specifically, not at the actual victims of the Indian Removal Act, several responded that they were still hurt by the jokes.

Some Native American leaders seemed to ignore the tweet, however, instead focusing their energy on stopping policies that might do more damage to indigenous people. New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland spent Saturday with other House Democrats at the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss border security solutions with the people who live there. Members of the Carrizo/Comecrudo tribe in Texas have been protesting the proposed border wall, which they say would be built on sacred land, including graves of their ancestors, who have lived in the area for thousands of years.

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