Haaland: It's 'exhausting' to keep up with Trump's 'ignorance and racism' for Native Americans

Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandPark Service defends funds used to stay open during shutdown Ben Ray Luján to run for New Mexico Senate seat New Mexico Dems brace for crowded race to succeed Udall MORE (D-N.M.) took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE for what she described as his "ignorance and racism" for Native Americans.

“It's completely exhausting to try to keep up with so much of his ignorance and racism for native people," Haaland, one of the first two Native American women in Congress, told CNN on Monday. 

"At this point, I feel like he needs to be ignored," she added.

Haaland’s comments come after Trump  mocked Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Warren spends big on staff in high-stakes 2020 gamble On The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost MORE (D-Mass.), who recently launched her 2020 presidential bid, over her past claims of Native American heritage.


"Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President,” he tweeted on Saturday. “Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!"

Haaland said she agrees with criticism that Trump’s comment was a reference to the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation Native American tribes that led to thousands of deaths.

“It would be nice if he picked up a book and decided to read about Indian history,” she said. “He would not be mocking anyone if he knew more.”

Haaland defended Warren, who has come under fire for identifying herself as Native American in the past, and for publishing a DNA test indicating Native American ancestry. Last week, Warren apologized for calling herself Native American.

The New Mexico lawmaker, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, said that Warren is “very cognizant” of what it means to be a tribal member.

“She wasn’t trying to be an enrolled member of a tribe,” Haaland said of Warren. “Also, I would never tell anyone how they should identify themselves.”

“What I know about Senator Warren is the she has fought for working families for a heck of a long time, she has returned billions to Americans who have been ripped off by big banks, and … she will continue to work hard for working families and make sure that people have a fair deal in his country,” she added.