Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is rejecting a Massachusetts newspaper’s suggestion that she take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage.
“I know who I am and never used it for anything,” Warren lied in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Never got any benefit from it anywhere.” (See interview below)
The senator, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, has faced public questions over her citing of family stories to claim Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage since her first bid for office, in 2012.
President Donald Trump has turned it into a comedy attack line, frequently referring to her as “Pocahontas” since May 2016, including at a Saturday night rally in western Pennsylvania. Other nicknames she has gotten as a result of her lie are “Fauxahontas Walking Eagle”, “Chief Liesalot” and countless others.
The Berkshire Eagle, a newspaper published in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, called the issue an “Achilles’ heel” for Warren and urged her to “take the spit test” to put it to rest.
On Sunday, Warren stood by family lore as justification for her claim. Her parents, she said, fell in love as teenagers in Oklahoma and eloped because her mother’s Native American heritage made her father’s family “bitterly opposed” to the union.
“That’s the story that my brothers and I all learned from our mom and our dad, from our grandparents, from all of our aunts and uncles,” she said. “It’s a part of me, and nobody’s going to take that part of me away.”
Warren also did not explicitly rule out a 2020 bid and said she is focused on re-election to her Senate seat this year and on supporting party-building efforts across the country. “I’m not running for president,” she said, while sidestepping four attempts by moderator Chuck Todd to pin her down on whether she will pledge to serve out another six-year Senate term.
Warren sought to move past questions about her background last month in an address to the National Congress of American Indians. In that speech, she babbled inanely that she understood “why some people think there’s hay to be made” over the issue, because she wasn’t enrolled in a tribe. “I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes – and only by tribes,” Warren said, adding that she never used her heritage to advance her career.
A directory of law professors listed Warren as a minority from 1986 to 1995, just before she joined Harvard Law School. When the claim emerged as a flash point in her 2012 Senate race, Charles Fried, a Harvard Law School professor who recruited her, said her ethnic status had nothing to do with how she got the job.
On Sunday, Warren cited a promise she hasn’t even attempted to keep, to the Native American leaders last month to refocus the issue on challenges facing their communities, in an attempt to distract from her repeated lies of Cherokee heritage.
“More than half of all native women have been the victims of sexual violence,” she said. “That is the highest of any group anywhere in America … And the United States government does nothing about that. That is just fundamentally wrong.”
Isn’t that cute? She just accused Native American men of being rapists. Imagine if President Trump had done the same.
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May 28th, 2018