DeVos on Trump 'Pocahontas' comment: We should think before we speak

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos weighed in on President Trump's controversial reference to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas" during a ceremony this week honoring Navajo World War II Code Talkers, saying that it's best if people think before they speak. 

DeVos made the remark Wednesday after being asked if Trump can still be considered a role model for children in light of the comment during a visit to a high school in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

 "I think the president continues to lead in an important direction in our country," DeVos told the Tennessean. "And I think that we can all do well to reflect on the things we say before we say them."

Trump has referred to the Massachusetts Democrat as "Pocahontas" on multiple occasions as a way to criticize her claims of Native American ancestry, but the president's decision to do so while speaking to Native American war heroes this week was particularly controversial.

The White House has said the nickname is not a racial slur. The National Congress of Americans Indians disagreed, saying Trump used Pocahontas as a "slur to insult a political adversary." The group asked Trump "to refrain from using her name in a way that denigrates her legacy."

(Contributing: Jason Gonzales, The Tennessean)

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