Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren formally launched her presidential campaign on Saturday at a rally in her home state of Massachusetts, marking the final step in a process that had been underway for months.
Yet even though Warren has been actively laying the groundwork for a White House bid for years, she has still failed to avoid serious stumbles along her path to Saturday’s announcement.
None has been more damaging so far than the controversy over Warren’s repeated assertion that she is of Native American, something she has done several times in recent decades.
Warren has blue eyes and blond hair, but last summer, under pressure to back up her past claims, she released the results of a DNA test that showed she has a small amount of Native American ancestry.
Warren’s decision to release her DNA results was widely panned, in no small part because it appeared as though the senator and respected academic was directly responding to President Donald Trump’s incessant taunting of her.
Trump has been referring to Warren as “Pocahontas” for years, ever since the senator first emerged on the national stage.
In a statement issued Saturday in response to Warren’s announcement, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale again seized on Warrens ethnicity, but stopped short of using the derogatory nickname the president prefers.
“Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and the people of Massachusetts she deceived to get elected,” Paracale said.
“The American people will reject her dishonest campaign and socialist ideas like the Green New Deal, that will raise taxes, kill jobs and crush America’s middle-class,” he added.
The controversy is likely to continue to haunt her candidacy, at least for the immediate future, judging from a new report this week by The Washington Post. Reporters there uncovered a registration card Warren filled out in 1986 for the State Bar of Texas, in which she listed her race as “American Indian.”
Warren apologized, telling the Post, “I can’t go back. But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”
The ease with which the Post was able to obtain an example of Warren identifying as Native American, and the general nature of her apology, suggests there may be more instances of this than have so far been reported.
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