Rep. Liz Cheney in a televised interview Sunday dodged questions about President Donald Trump’s comments making light of Native American tragedies, despite representing thousands of Native Americans in her home state of Wyoming.
As part of an attack on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native American heritage, Trump on Jan. 13 made light of the Wounded Knee massacre.
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And Saturday, following the announcement of the Massachusetts Democrat’s presidential campaign, Trump tweeted, “See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!”— seen as a reference to the Trail of Tears. The president has also repeatedly called Warren “Pocahontas.“
Asked about his comments on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, acknowledged her Native American constituents but refused to respond directly to Trump’s remarks, instead pivoting to attacks on Warren.
Host Jake Tapper tried repeatedly to get her to respond to Trump’s language and “joking references to genocide against Native Americans.”
“Look, Elizabeth Warren has made herself a laughingstock,” Cheney said. “And I don’t think anybody should be surprised that that’s been the reaction to her and to her continued claims.”