Sen. Elizabeth Warren has an Indian problem.
“Fauxcahontas,” as she has been dubbed, is under fire for apparently lying about her Native American ancestry, and has decided to recover her reputation in a bizarre way: By reinforcing one of the most well-known stereotypes about American Indians.
According to the Washington Times, the Massachusetts Democrat is pushing for approval of a billion-dollar casino near Boston, even though she has spoken out against casinos in the past and the fact the project is already being blocked by a federal judge.
A bill backed by Warren would pave the way for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to construct a massive gambling complex and resort, but many local residents aren’t happy. The Interior Department is currently reviewing the plan, but the senator seems almost over-eager to make the project happen.
“It’s certainly an end-run on both what’s going on in court and at the agency level,” said attorney David Tennant, who is representing Massachusetts residents opposed to the huge construction project.
Since being called out on her past claims of Native American lineage, Warren has been tripping over herself to gain support from tribes, even contradicting her past stances on gambling.
“She opposed the state’s 2011 law expanding Las Vegas-style gambling and supported the 2014 repeal effort, which was defeated,” the Times reported.
“People need jobs, but gambling can also be a real problem economically for a lot of people. I didn’t support gambling the first time around and I don’t expect to support it [now],” the senator said in 2014.
Suddenly, she’s now one of the loudest advocates for Native American casinos, even if that means reinforcing the stereotype of Indians and gambling.
The reason for the about-face is almost certainly President Donald Trump. He has made a point of criticizing Warren for unproven and likely untrue claims of being partially Cherokee, a claim she may have used to gain preferential status as a minority job candidate.
Except Warren’s not a minority at all, or at least that’s the consensus of experts who have looked into the liberal’s ancestry claims.
“The problem with Warren’s story is that none of the evidence supports it,” Twila Barnes, an expert on Cherokee genealogy, told the Times. “Her genealogy shows no indication of Cherokee ancestry.”
Warren has also refused to take a DNA test, which would clear up the ancestry questions once and for all. Instead, she has resorted to calling her own grandparents racist.
In a way, it’s actually rather insulting that Warren’s idea of standing with Native Americans involves appropriating their identity, and then rushing to dismantle their heritage with Indian casinos. Nothing says “respect noble native tribes” quite like tacky flashing lights and $1 video poker.
Warren seems to believe that words are meaningless, and can be flung around without consequence. She claims to be Native American with no proof — a serious matter to actual natives. She claims to be against casinos, only to reverse that stance months later in order to do damage control.
Like a child who is constantly caught in lies, Warren keeps digging herself holes to escape being called out on the last falsehood.
At this rate, all that digging will soon reach China — but hey, maybe she can claim to be half Cantonese and open a Chinese buffet to prove her multiculturalism. It would definitely be true to form.
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