Eric Trump attacked for tweet defending father

Eric Trump attacked for tweet defending father
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Eric Trump has come under fire on social media for a tweet defending his father's use of the word Pocahontas.

US President Donald Trump was criticised for referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas on Monday (local time) in front of Native American soldiers.

In an attempt to defend his father, Eric Trump tweeted he couldn't believe an ABC reporter was angry at the use of Pocahontas due to its company being owned by Disney.

"The irony of an ABC reporter (whose parent company Disney has profited nearly half a billion dollars on the movie 'Pocahontas') inferring that the name is 'offensive' is truly staggering to me," he wrote.

At the time of release Chief Roy Crazy Horse of the Powhatan Renape Nation said Disney's Pocahontas "distorts history beyond recognition" and it faced criticism for its portrayal of Native Americans.

Social media was not kind in the aftermath of Eric Trump's tweet, with several users calling him ill-informed.

"You can't possibly be this dumb," said one user.

"Go back to your room and play with your Hot Wheels," said another.