Dem Candidate Cuts Warren Claim to Shreds Seconds Before She Takes the Mic


The best kind of sick burn to see for liberals is the kind that comes from their own side. And that’s why my new favorite progressive is Deb Haaland.

Oh, sure, a cursory glance at her website reveals that I probably don’t agree with the New Mexico Democrat House candidate on any policy issues whatsoever. Then again, she’s from a district where there’s almost no chance that a Republican is going to win, so I don’t feel too guilty about my newfound love for Ms. Haaland.

But I’m getting ahead of myself — let me explain why I love Haaland so much. First, she’s Native American — an enrolled, bona fide member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, according to CNN. She’s also a proud progressive, one of many who attended the Netroots Nation liberal conference this past week.

The first thing is a neutral quality, the second I typically find abhorrent. However, for the purposes of this story, both are crucial.

Now, there was plenty of curious stuff coming out the Netroots Nation event, most notably a top NAACP official threatening to “jack up” any Democrat who doesn’t obstruct Trump administration judicial nominees. There was a bit of comic relief to unsavory bits of suborned violence, however, and the best moment came courtesy of Ms. Haaland.

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One of the headliners at the progressive conference was Elizabeth Warren, who was among several potential 2020 presidential candidates to speak there. As chance would have it, Ms. Haaland took the stage just before Warren, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Our more deductive readers might be able to guess what happened next.

“My name is Deb Haaland, I’m the Democratic nominee for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District,” Haaland began.

“If elected, I would be the first Native American woman in Congress.

Excuse me while I engage in a little bit of BuzzFeedery:

Yeah, so I’m guessing that Ms. Haaland, once she wins the House seat that’s almost certainly hers for the taking, won’t be having too many lunches with Fauxcahontas. However, it’s not really her fault. After all, it’s not like liberal media outlets like The New York Times take Warren’s putative Native American ancestry very seriously, either.

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In an article about Haaland’s campaign titled “There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018,” The Times noted that Haaland “is among a historic number of Native American women running for elective office. None has ever served in Congress, but that could change this year if Ms. Haaland wins.”

“In all, there are at least four indigenous women running for Congress, three more are bidding for governors’ offices and another 31 are campaigning for seats in state legislatures — from both sides of the aisle,” The Times added.

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But no indigenous candidate from Massachusetts? I was under the impression that it was improper to question Ms. Warren’s heritage, particularly as it relates to whether she used it to gain preferential treatment. It’s not like she’s backing off of the claim, either. “I know who I am because of what my mother and my father told me, what my grandmother and my grandfather told me, what all my aunts and uncles told me and my brothers. It’s a part of who I am, and no one’s ever going to take that away,” Warren has said.

Yes, no one is ever going to take that away. Except The New York Times. And Deb Haaland. And, well, reality.

Thanks for the sick burn, Ms. Haaland. Better hope Cory Booker or Joe Biden takes the nomination, or it’s going to be a frosty few years in the corridors of Democrat power for you.

Either way, I hope for plenty of gaffes to come.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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