Liz Warren: Oops, Sorry About Calling Myself an Indian for 20 Years
This week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was forced into a corner when The Washington Post discovered that she had personally filled out a Texas State Bar registration card in April 1986 (“in neat blue ink”), at which time she claimed herself to be an “American Indian.”
The discovery, found through an open records request, thrust the Democratic presidential candidate back into the harsh glare of the spotlight once more, leaving her no further room to claim that others might have labeled her a Native American without her consent or knowledge.
The Texas State Bar card can now be added to a long list of documents on which Warren has falsely claimed minority status over a period of twenty years. In 1986, Warren reported herself as a minority to the Association of American Law Schools. She remained under that designation until 1995, when her name was dropped from the list. She also went out of her way to correct the University of Pennsylvania’s personnel records, which had her listed as “white” for two years until she had her designation changed to “Native American” in 1989. In 1995, when going to work for Harvard Law School, she also affirmed that she was a Native American. She was listed that way in federal affirmative action forms until 2004.
Having finally realized that the jig is up (and that her phony DNA stunt from October was one of the worst mistakes of her political career), Warren was left with no other choice but to full apologize this week for her deception.
“I can’t go back,” Warren told the Washington Post. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted. I am also sorry for not being more mindful about this decades ago.”
When asked by the Post if her apology extended to her claim of Native American heritage throughout her law career, the Massachusetts Democrat said “yes.”
But not everyone is convinced.
David Cornsilk, a historian and member of the Cherokee Nation, told the Post: “I want to see it in writing. I want her to go on national TV. I want her to do a video like she did to announce her DNA results. It just seemed very lacking.”
We know the media will do whatever it can to help Warren slide beyond this controversy, but it’s unclear if this is politically survivable. She can probably eke out another Senate term if she wants it, but president? Hard to imagine in this day and age. No one is more vengeful about sensitive racial topics than the progressive left, which just happens to be the very group of voters that Warren is aiming her campaign at. If they let her slide on decades of Dolezalian shenanigans, they will have lost whatever small amount of credibility they currently possess. And in a wider sense, this whole fiasco has made her an absolute laughing stock.
Weirder comebacks have happened, but we’ll go on record predicting that you can stick a fork in ol’ Pocahontas. She’s done.