Elizabeth Warren will not be able to squirm her way out of this blunder – no matter how many times she calls up the Cherokee’s and apologizes.
The Democrats are big proponents of setting aside special deals for people wronged by history and it is a good practice in theory.
But in reality, it leads to people like Elizabeth Warren trying to game the system for their benefit by claiming to be American Indian.
She danced around the subject and hoped it would go away, but a bombshell report by the Washington Post yesterday will sink her 2020 chances because they produced photographic evidence, in her own handwriting, of her trying to game the system by saying she was Native America.
From CNN: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren listed her race as “American Indian” on a State Bar of Texas registration card in 1986, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The Post’s reporting represents a previously unknown instance of Warren claiming her race as Native American and the first document that appears to definitively show Warren making the claim in her own handwriting. According to the Post, Warren has previously declined to answer whether she or an assistant filled out forms in which her race was listed as Native American.
Warren’s longstanding assertions of having Native American heritage have dogged her political career and provided fodder for attacks from President Donald Trump. Her use of DNA testing to confirm her limited Native roots last year was met with fierce criticism from some Native American groups. The prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidate is expected to formally announce her entrance into the race on Saturday after forming an exploratory committee on New Year’s Eve.
The card, obtained by the Post in an open records request, lists Warren’s alma maters of the University of Houston and Rutgers Law School but no other racial identifiers.
Well well well.
I’ve been told it was a “Faux News Myth” but here *in her own handwriting* Liz #Warren claims to be “American Indian” on her law school registration.
— MJB Wolf (@mjbwolf) February 6, 2019
A Warren aide did not dispute to CNN the card’s legitimacy or Warren’s handwriting, and noted that the form was not a part of the application to the bar, but rather a registration card to the Texas Bar after the senator was already admitted. The aide declined to comment on whether there might be other unreported examples of Warren having claimed American Indian heritage.
“As Senator Warren has said she is not a citizen of any tribe and only tribes determine tribal citizenship. She is sorry that she was not more mindful of this earlier in her career,” said Kristen Orthman, a spokeswoman for Warren, in a statement.
Republican National Committee spokesman Mike Reed accused Warren of apologizing at a time that was politically convenient.
“Now, four days before her formal presidential launch, she’s issued a politically opportunistic apology that doesn’t go nearly far enough,” Reed said in a statement. “Warren pretended to be a minority to climb the Ivy League ladder — a lie that will continue to haunt her presidential ambitions.”