On Monday, Donald Trump held a ceremony at the White House to honor the bravery of the Navajo code talkers, who served alongside U.S. Marines during World War II.
But even as he praised their service, Trump couldn't help injecting politics into the mix, using the event to slam Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, whom he regularly refers to derogatorily as 'Pocahontas':
"I just want to thank you because you are very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here. Although, we have a representative in Congress they say was here a long time ago -- they call her Pocahontas! But you know what, I like you. You are special people."
The backlash to Trump's comment was fierce, but perhaps no one captured the outrage we felt at that moment better than Senator John McCain, whose tweet both honored the code talkers and slammed Trump for politicizing the moment:
Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Navajo Code Talkers, whose bravery, skill & tenacity helped secure our decisive victory over tyranny & oppression during WWII. Politicizing these genuine American heroes is an insult to their sacrifice.— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 28, 2017
And Twitter was clearly standing with McCain...
My heart broke for them yesterday. It was their day and it was turned into a political sideshow.— CathyO (@cathyob1) November 28, 2017
Thank you for your service John McCain, and for teaching American history here on Twitter. It sure is sad that the current US president doesn't have a clue.— Susan Stone Salas (@SusanStoneSalas) November 28, 2017
Amazing thing that all should know about and gratefully acknowledge!— HonoluluSprite (@HonoluluSprite) November 29, 2017
Some couldn't help but recall that Trump himself has never served:
How can a draft dodger understand service to the Nation he has betrayed to our greatest enemy?— The Centryst (@TheCentryst) November 28, 2017
John McCain can identify with the Code Talkers. They both have one important thing in common. THEY ARE HEROES. Trump could never be one.— Gabriela Cardona (@Gabriel51099784) November 30, 2017
Robin felt that McCain could have gone further:
Plain and simple: DT flat-out INSULTED those men by dragging his grudge against Ms. Warren into what should have been a day of solemn gratitude. How dare he.— robin m (@robindefoe1) November 29, 2017
And Don felt Trump's choice of backdrop for the ceremony was another intentional slight:
And in front of the White House painting of Andrew Jackson, the architect of the Trail of Tears abomination. Shame.— Don Goldmann, MD (@DAGoldmann) November 29, 2017
Jack sums it up well:
He insults not just Navaho Code Talkers but every Veteran. He has debased American society to a new and disgusting level.— Jack Kelly (@ThumperNM) November 28, 2017