Not that it comes as any real surprise but Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential aspirations are circling the drain over the Native American heritage controversy that has dogged her for years.
The Massachusetts Democrat who is fondly referred to as “Pocahontas” by President Trump in a jab at her falsely claiming to be a minority in order to gain preferential treatment in academia and to further her career is now in a full-blown crisis over her dishonesty and it isn’t looking good.
Warren has struggled to put the disastrous October 2018 video that backfired spectacularly when the DNA test that she had administered by a Stanford professor to “prove” that she was a real Indian actually showed that she only had 1/1,024 percentage of such lineage. Worse yet? The Boston Globe which had the scoop was forced to issue two corrections after the first reporting of the percentage was wrong due to a mathematical error.
Now Warren is in hot water again after a 1986 registration form for the Texas bar was unearthed with her also claiming that she was an “American Indian” in her own writing; a document that predates the controversial claim when she was at Harvard.
Here is the form Elizabeth Warren filled out for the State Bar of Texas claiming American Indian heritage. pic.twitter.com/VwHifS7BCL
— Amy Gardner (@AmyEGardner) February 6, 2019
A chastened Warren just apologized to the Cherokee Nation and fessed up that even more incriminating documents may be forthcoming.
The latest setback in the disastrous – and likely doomed – rollout of Warren’s presidential campaign comes from the Boston Globe which is calling for “Pocahontas” to come clean once and for all.
In @GlobeOpinion: If Warren can’t stop the slow bleed of bad news now, the presidential candidacy she is expected to launch in Lawrence on Saturday is going to go nowhere fast. https://t.co/apXZBwslzW
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) February 9, 2019
According to the call from the Globe’s editorial board, “Elizabeth Warren needs to stop the drip-drip-drip of fresh revelations”:
When it comes to handling the controversy over her past claims to Native American identity, Elizabeth Warren can’t seem to win. Someone, somewhere is going to keep attacking the Massachusetts senator no matter her response.
This week’s latest development: A Washington Post story about Warren having listed herself — in her own handwriting — as an “American Indian” on a registration card with the Texas bar in 1986.
Warren grew up believing she was part Cherokee. But answering the question the way she did was a mistake, even by the standards of 1986. Warren’s never been a member of any tribe. She’s white. Playing loose with the facts about identity is bad within the current political climate of the Democratic Party, where issues of race have come to the fore.
If Warren can’t stop the slow bleed of bad news now, the presidential candidacy she is expected to launch in Lawrence on Saturday is going to go nowhere fast. To unseat Donald Trump, Democrats need to put up the strongest candidate possible, not another wounded one. A polarizing figure, Warren already faces headwinds that complicate her candidacy.
The best thing Warren can do — what she needs to do — is put all the facts about her past in front of voters. The senator needs to search not only her records but her conscience to end the drip-drip-drip of fresh revelations. Only Warren knows how much worse her political travails can get. For the sake of her campaign — and of her party, should she end up winning the nomination— any further revelations must come from her.
And oh, there’s one more thing and it’s unbelievable Warren hasn’t done it yet: Deliver an honest apology publicly.
Warren put herself in this predicament. She has said that listing herself as an American Indian was made with no ill intent, not understanding how insensitive it was. She did it, she says, to honor relatives who’d passed down stories of their native ancestors.
Critics long ago settled on the conclusion that she listed herself that way as a cynical ploy to exploit affirmative action policies at universities.
This is a seriously ominous development for Warren as her hometown newspaper previously had her back but now that evidence continues to emerge that the demagogic Democrat is a heap big liar, it has little choice other than to throw her under the bus or risk its own reputation.
In a nutshell, she is already badly wounded and her biggest worry isn’t President Trump but rather the most ruthless elements of her own party who will make mincemeat out of her in the coming steel cage death matches that will be the 2020 primaries.