How Native Americans Shaped Trump's Presidency – and Helped Bring Him Down
December 16, 2020
When Fox News called the state of Arizona for Joe Biden, it sent shockwaves through Donald Trump's campaign team. Since 1952, the state had only voted for a Democrat nominee once before. But as the counting in the state moved into its final stage the narrow nature of Joe Biden's victory there started to become apparent. With an advantage of less than 12,000 votes, Biden could not have taken the state without Navajo voters.
Native Americans have had a significant, albeit little reported, impact on both the life and presidency of Donald J. Trump – and he upon them. Over the four years of his presidency, Trump has sought revenge for business losses he sustained from Native American casinos; turned the word "Pocahontas" into a racial slur and denied tribal lands to Native American peoples in the east. But at times he also courted the political power of Native American communities.
His relationship with Indian Country is complex and, at times, contradictory, but it is also an important aspect in understanding his political life.