Elizabeth Warren responded to the president’s “Pocahontas” poke by calling it “racist” and sending out a fundraising appeal pleading with donors to strike back at a “bully.” But when talk-show host Bill Maher made the same quip, the Massachusetts senator merely made a point about the popularity of progressivism.
“They don’t like you, Pocahontas,” the comic said to Warren’s face on Real Time with Bill Maher earlier this year. The liberal audience laughed hysterically.
Warren neither lectured the laughers nor scolded the joker. She did not respond with a fundraising letter or denounce Maher’s “racist” speech on national television.
Warren, as a Deadline Hollywood article noted in April, simply ignored the quip. She paused before continuing to make her point after the laughter died down.
The nickname stems from Warren’s discredited claims of Native American ancestry. She listed herself in academic directories as a minority professor despite her blonde hair, blue eyes, and pale complexion. Critics argue that this falsehood led the Rutgers Law graduate to a position on the faculty of Harvard Law.