Democrat Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, or “Pocahontas,” as President Donald Trump likes to call her, delivered a speech Wednesday that oddly both defended and undercut her claim of having Native American heritage in her family.
According to The Hill, Warren made an unexpected appearance at the National Congress of American Indians to speak about Native American issues and rebut the “slur” that Trump and many others have mockingly used against her, in what many pundits viewed as a possible opening move toward a 2020 presidential run.
At one point in the speech, Warren addressed the years-long controversy that has followed her regarding her questionable claim of Cherokee heritage, and explained that her mother — whose family claimed partial native heritage — had eloped with her father when they were young because her father’s family didn’t approve of their relationship.
“I get why some people think there’s hay to be made here,” Warren stated, prior to seemingly admitting that there was no proof to her claim. “You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe.”
She proceeded to express her “respect” for the difference between claimed heritage and actual tribe membership, and then boldly stated that she had “never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.”
But that assertion runs counter to what started the whole controversy in the first place, allegations that she claimed minority status as a Native American to advance her career at Harvard, including listing herself as a minority in the Harvard Law School directory.
She then shared her version of the story of the real Pocahontas from early American history, and promised, “Every time someone brings up my family’s story, I’m going to use it to lift up the story of your families and your communities. … This must stop. And I promise I will fight to help write a different story.”
According to The Boston Globe, which provided a transcript of the speech, Warren received a standing ovation from attendees for her speech, and the senator was praised on social media by liberal pundits and activists.
But National Review’s Jim Geraghty tweeted, “Do you think Elizabeth Warren’s not-really-supported-by-any-evidence claims of Native heritage bother Native Americans more, or whites who think she conned the system to enjoy benefits of Affirmative Action?”
The Daily Caller’s Amber Athey tweeted as well, “Yesterday, I noted that Elizabeth Warren was skipping an American Indian summit in DC. She made a surprise appearance at the summit today to slander people questioning her background and still provided no proof that she is actually Native American.”
“Elizabeth Warren sending some serious smoke signals today,” tweeted Ben Shapiro, and followed that with an article featuring a similar headline about “Presidential Smoke Signals” in The Daily Wire, where he noted that the only real “evidence” the politically-ambitious Warren has ever put forward to defend her claim of Native heritage is the “high cheekbones” in her family and a recipe she submitted for a Native American cookbook titled “Pow Wow Chow.”
Shapiro also noted that though Trump — and others — seemed to derive enjoyment from mocking Warren as “Pocahontas” over the disputed claim, the original joke was to call her “Fauxcahontas,” in light of her “faux” or false claim.
Nevertheless, he pointed out that Warren’s promise to use the story of the real Pocahontas when questioned about her own dubious claim amounted to using Native Americans as a political shield to cover for her own appropriation of their culture — something the left has repeatedly told everyone is a terrible thing to do.
“The same Left that moans endlessly about cultural appropriation apparently has no problem with one of their leading figures pretending to be Native American, then hiding behind actual Native Americans to defend the use of the gimmick,” Shapiro concluded. “The same Left that cherishes identity politics will apparently allow a white woman to pretend Native American identity if it forwards their anti-Trump agenda.”
The political left uses identity politics as a tool toward an end — clearing not treating various racial and ethnic groups with honor and respect, as they claim to do.
Share this story on Facebook so everyone can see how Sen. Elizabeth Warren admitted she has no proof to back up her claims of Native American heritage, ironically in front of actual Native Americans.
Truth and Accuracy
We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.