Elizabeth Warren made a surprise appearance at Washington, D.C.’s National Congress of American Indians Tribal Summit on Wednesday.
At the event, she delivered a speech in which she doubled down on her claims of Native American ancestry and lashed out at President Trump’s alleged disrespect of American Indians.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) February 14, 2018
According to a transcript of the speech obtained by the Boston Globe, the Massachusetts Senator took aim at the president from her opening remarks.
“I’ve noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas. So I figured, let’s talk about Pocahontas. Not Pocahontas, the fictional character most Americans know from the movies, but Pocahontas, the Native woman who really lived, and whose real story has been passed down to so many of you through the generations.”
The Democrat then related the life of the historical Pocahontas, accusing British colonists of “genocide.”
“But now we have a president who can’t make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing Native history, Native culture, Native people to the butt of a joke,” she went on to say.
Warren’s comment likely referred to the time President Trump jokingly called her “Pocahontas” while speaking with Native American code talkers at the White House last year.
“My mother’s family was part Native American,” Warren asserted. And my daddy’s parents were bitterly opposed to their relationship. So, in 1932, when Mother was 19 and Daddy had just turned 20, they eloped.”
She went on to say:
“The story they lived will always be a part of me. And no one — not even the president of the United States — will ever take that part of me away.”
Warren also criticized President Trump for keeping a portrait of Andrew Jackson in his office.
“It is deeply offensive that this president keeps a portrait of Andrew Jackson hanging in the Oval Office, honoring a man who did his best to wipe out Native people,” she lamented.
National Review has documented how Warren, who has not offered proof of her alleged Cherokee ancestry, listed herself as a minority to receive preferential hiring at Harvard Law School.
A genealogical examination of Warren was unable to conclusively find Native American ancestry. In fact, one of her ancestors was Jonathan Crawford, a member of the Tennessee militia who rounded up Cherokees during the infamous Andrew Jackson-ordered Trail of Tears.
Cherokee genealogists already proved that the closest her family heritage got to American Indians was rounding them up for Jackson. It’s insane for her to continue to push this completely debunked lie.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 14, 2018
Indian Country Today had more about what a genealogy expert named Michael Patrick Leahy found:
Not only does Leahy say O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford was not Cherokee, in a follow up article about Warren’s ancestry he says that Smith Crawford’s husband, Jonathan Crawford, was a member of the Tennessee militia who rounded up Cherokees and herded them into government-built stockades in Ross’s Landing, which is now Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ross’s Landing was a point of origin for the Trail of Tears.
“These were the troops responsible for removing Cherokee families from homes they had lived in for generations in the three states that the Cherokee Nations had considered their homelands for centuries: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee,” Leahy says.
The issue with Warren’s claims is that she can’t document them, as she admits herself:
“You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe. . . I respect that distinction. I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes — and only by tribes.”
You’ve got that? Not only is Warren lying about staking a claim to Native American heritage, her actual heritage shows that her family members oppressed them. You can’t make this stuff up.