Trevor Noah and  Sen. Elizabeth Warren
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"So as weird as it is to say, in his own racially offensive way, Donald Trump was being woke. Yeah, and that's unfortunately the truth," Noah said.
"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah on Tuesday criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren for claiming to be of Native American heritage, which he acknowledged is "problematic."

The controversy over the Massachusetts Democratic's heritage was resurrected this week after Trump brought back his "Pocahontas" nickname for her during a White House ceremony honoring Navajo code talkers. Warren slammed Trump for his comments, calling him "truly disgusting" and saying he'd used a "racial slur."


Warren for years claimed to be part Native American and was touted as a minority faculty member by Harvard University, yet the New England Genealogical Society said it had found no Native American lineage in her background. The issue became a topic of mirth during her campaign for the Senate in 2012, though Noah pointed out it's something she has "never apologized for or owned up to."

Noah brought up Warren's contributions to a recipe book called "Pow Wow Chow."

"That would be like finding out I'm completely white, I have no African blood, and yet I wrote the book 'Snacks For Blacks,'" he said.

Noah said that while Trump is "racially offensive" himself, he was actually right in calling Warren out.