After all the idiocy and racism that Trump has already spewed at the “Mexican” judge, I felt reasonably certain that the Republican Party leaders had finally gotten through to him: he needs to use a teleprompter and stop the racist Twittering and mercurial, unpredictable impromptu.
Yet here he is, just two hours ago (it’s Friday morning, June 10th), after a disastrous couple of weeks for his campaign, calling Elizabeth Warren, mockingly, “Pocahontas” yet again, implicitly disrespecting, disregarding, and blowing-off her claim of having some Native American ancestry:
“Pocahontas describing Crooked Hillary Clinton as a Corporate Donor Puppet.”
Trump’s modus operandi is to give women who stand-up to him a name (“Bimbo” for Megyn Kelly, for instance, “Pocahontas” for Warren, “Crooked” for Hillary). The purpose of this, of course, is to change the subject: he doesn’t have to listen to what they have to say if they are silly or wicked–and neither do his voters. He can treat them trivially and disrespectfully, as not really his equal.
For Trump, women should be seen, not heard–and this is also true of “Mexicans” and other non-whites. “Pocahontas” directed as an epithet at Elizabeth Warren is thus Trump’s way of managing to be both racist and sexist at the same time. The racism and sexism function as a way to deflect his Twitter followers away from reason and toward passion (the passion, in this case, of hatred toward women in politics and contempt for the embrace of multicultural identity).