Trump Apologizes ... to Pocahontas
He says Mitt Romney 'choked like a dog'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2016 9:48 AM CDT
Donald Trump gestures during a rally in Richmond, Va., Friday, June 10, 2016.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – Meet the new Trump, same as the old Trump: On Friday night, Donald Trump held his first rally since the end of the GOP primaries and it resembled his primary rallies right down to attacks on Jeb Bush, the Guardian reports. More than 100 gathered outside the event in Richmond, Virginia, where Trump ditched the teleprompter used in speeches earlier this week, the Washington Post reports. In his meandering speech to a 12,000-seat arena estimated to be somewhere between a half and a third full, Trump boasted about his Virginia vineyard, recapped his primary victories, described Bernie Sanders as "Crazy Bernie" and repeatedly referred to Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas" before saying that he should apologize for "doing such a disservice to Pocahontas." He had earlier referred to Warren as "Pocahontas" in tweets Friday morning, which followed her description of him Thursday as a "thin-skinned, racist bully" and a "loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud." In other coverage:

  • Vox takes a look at reactions to Trump's use of "Pocahontas" as an insult and at the controversy that surrounded Warren's claim to be 1/32 Cherokee.

  • The Hill reports that Sen. Lindsey Graham, a prominent, frequent, and vociferous Trump critic, defended Trump's use of "Pocahontas," saying politicians need to be able to take jokes. "You know she started all of this," he told reporters. "I don't refer to her as Pocahontas. I can see why she would be offended, absolutely," he said. "But given this contest, if this bothers you, you need to get out of politics."
  • The Washington Post has more on GOP reaction to the controversy, which comes as the uproar over Trump's judge remarks was just beginning to die down. "Get used to it," pollster Whit Ayres says to his fellow Republicans. "This is your life for the next five months."
  • In a CNN interview Friday, Mitt Romney denounced Trump and said he was seriously considering voting Libertarian. "Trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America," warned Romney.
  • "Mitt Romney had his chance to beat a failed president but he choked like a dog," tweeted Trump on Saturday morning. "Now he calls me racist, " he added, "but I'm the least racist person there is."