‘Why can’t Dems ever stay focused?’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Democrats are questioning Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) recent DNA test, which revealed that Warren has less than 2 percent Native American blood in her pedigree.
Warren claimed that the only reason she released the results was to prove President Donald Trump wrong.
However, Trump led the chorus of those both condemning and mocking the results, saying on Twitter that Warren fabricated her Native American ancestry claims and once again referring to her by her familiar moniker “Pocahontas.”
While fellow Republicans mocked and ridiculed Warren’s image rehabilitation attempt, many Democrats were irritated.
President Obama’s former campaign manager, Jim Messina, questioned the timing of Warren’s test and faulted it for distracting voters away from the real issues at hand.
Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win house and senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her announcement now? Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???
— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) October 15, 2018
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also questioned Warren’s timing, calling it “weird,” while attempting to paint Warren as a victim of Trump’s verbal abuse.
“I don’t know why she picked today,” Durbin said on CNN. “Elizabeth’s a busy woman. I work with her every week, almost every day of every week, and I’m sure this wasn’t the highest priority for her, but after all the ridicule she’s taken from this president … to establish she does have Native American heritage, I think it’s an important issue in her life.”
Warren changed her ethnic identity from white to Native American as a law professor in the late 1980s and early 1990s, claiming that she made the move to honor her ‘heritage’ and that she received no professional advantage by designating herself a minority.
Regardless, even her fellow Democrats have said Warren was wrong to falsely co-opt minority status by presenting herself as one. It now falls on her to come clean and apologize, said left-wing writer Josie Duffy Rice.
“Warren’s gotta say she shouldn’t have listed herself as Native American 30 years ago and apologize profusely and sit down with community leaders that agree to meet with her,” Rice said, according to The New York Times.
The Cherokee Nation also criticized Warren, saying in a statement she was “undermining tribal interests” by claiming Native American heritage.
“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven.
Jennifer Psaki, a former Obama communications official, said Warren knows her heritage will come up if she makes a bid for the 2020 presidential election, which is why she hoped to set the record straight before entering the race.
“Senator Warren knows this is going to be a campaign issue for her, and she is trying to clean up the record before she gets into the race,” Psaki told The Times.