“After Three Days, Governor Burgum Refuses to Condemn Trump’s Trail of Tears Tweet”
After Senator Elizabeth Warren announced her campaign for President, President Donald Trump tweeted “See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz” in a reference to the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears was a forced relocation program that moved thousands of Native Americans from their homes to territories in the Western United States, causing the deaths of approximately 4,000 people.
“The Trail of Tears is one this country’s greatest shames,” said Warren Larson, chairman of the Democratic-NPL Party. “For a President to joke about such an event is offensive, but what is even more outrageous is Governor Burgum’s refusal to stand up for North Dakota’s native population. It’s clear that party loyalty is more important to the Governor that our state’s native communities.”
“After historic native turnout in 2018, Governor Burgum has all of sudden started acting like he is concerned about the issues impacting native communities. However, until he denounces this offensive tweet, his recent focus on native issues is just that…an act.”