Stephen Colbert: Trump’s Jokes About Warren’s DNA Test a ‘Racist Tirade’
Late Show host Stephen Colbert described President Donald Trump’s jokes about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as a “racist tirade” amid the ongoing drama over her supposed American Indian ancestry.
On Tuesday, Warren released test results indicating that she had a maximum of 1.6 percent “Mesoamerican” heritage, which is far below the minimum requirement to claim membership of most Native American tribes.
“After years of mocking Elizabeth Warren, clearly the President must have had a lot to say about these test results,” Colbert said, before playing a clip of Trump saying he did not care about the test results.
“You care! You’re literally the only person who cares,” he exclaimed. “In fact, you cared so much, you once offered a million dollars to charity if Senator Warren proves she is part Native American, a fact reporters reminded you of today.”
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) October 16, 2018
Stephen Colbert went on to show a clip of Trump suggesting that “Pocahontas” (his nickname for Warren) take an ancestry DNA test, which he said must be done “very gently” to appease the Me Too generation.
“Trump went out of his way to stuff a Me Too joke into the middle of his racist tirade,” Colbert said. “It’s like he’s making a turducken that’s just all turd.”
On Monday evening, Warren launched a bizarre Twitter rant in defense of her decision, which many claimed was another indication of her desire to challenge Trump as the Democratic nominee for the presidency in 2020.
“We all know why @realDonaldTrump makes creepy physical threats about me, right? He’s scared,” Warren wrote. “He’s trying to do what he always does to women who scare him: call us names, attack us personally, shrink us down to feel better about himself. It may soothe his ego – but it won’t work.”
We all know why @realDonaldTrump makes creepy physical threats about me, right? He’s scared. He’s trying to do what he always does to women who scare him: call us names, attack us personally, shrink us down to feel better about himself. It may soothe his ego – but it won’t work. pic.twitter.com/2rfPSlvlQA
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) October 15, 2018