Sen. Elizabeth Warren touted the results of a DNA test administered by a Stanford professor, saying it proved her Native American heritage claim — the Massachusetts Democrat apparently believes being 1/1024th Native American somehow exonerates her from racial fraud.
But her efforts, the clearest smoke signals yet that she plans a 2020 presidential run, turned out to be an epic failure as Warren was ridiculed unmercifully online and her bad day got a lot worse when the Cherokee Nation released a statement further rebuking her claim.
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. called Sen. Warren’s endeavor “inappropriate and wrong,” saying it was “undermining tribal interests.”
“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” Hoskin said. “It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven.”
“Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
Inbox: Cherokee Nation responds to Senator Warren’s DNA test. pic.twitter.com/Sh8aNZgyAT
— Justin Wingerter (@JustinWingerter) October 15, 2018
As for the aforementioned ridicule, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had a field day on his show Monday evening, as he called “Lie-awatha” out over her “fake Indian heritage,” explaining that she did this to pose as a victim, “because on the left victim-hood is power.”
He then addressed Warren’s attempts to spin President Donald Trump ridiculing her over her audacious claim to suggest the president is mocking Native Americans.
“Hold on a minute. Who is mocking native Americans? If anybody is doing that it is Elizabeth Warren,” Carlson said. “She is the one who stole their identity and leverage their suffering to climb the greasy pole of our America.
“No high plains whiskey trader ever acted with more ruthless cynicism that she has,” he continued. “Actual Indians are disgusted by it, the Cherokee nation this afternoon released a statement, they called her claims inappropriate and wrong.
“In other words, it is bad for Indians. Looks like that backfired. DNA tests aren’t really the point and we should remember that. It doesn’t matter if Fake-ajawea is 1 percent Indian or 90 percent Indian, DNA should never matter except for physicians treating inherited illnesses. Your bloodline should not dictate who you vote for, what job you get, where your kids go to school, whether you get promoted or anything else.”
But as bad as the optics are for Warren, the lawmaker has forced the left to defend her preposterous position — in large part to get at Trump:
Let me get this straight. The left is permitting Elizabeth Warren, who has less native heritage than I do, to appropriate native culture so that they can call Trump racist for making fun of her for appropriating native culture to get into Harvard. It's getting hard to keep up.
— Conrad Black (@ConradMBlack) October 15, 2018
CNN’s Jake Tapper learned the hard way just how committed the left is to this when he left the liberal reservation to tweet the Cherokee Nation statement.
Can’t believe her own peeps would turn their back on her like that — how awful https://t.co/CxEwRMA8Jh
— Christopher D. White (@ZanderKelly30) October 15, 2018
Come for the statement from the tribe, stay for the replies raging at Tapper for reporting on a story that Warren's hapless PR team unilaterally brought up today. https://t.co/e8JvUAYm7D
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) October 15, 2018
Jake, she never claimed tribal citizenship.
There’s no “other side” on the results of a DNA test. It just is.
— Andrew Brennan (@andbrnn) October 15, 2018
Sorry but she was not doing it to insult Native Americans for whom she does a lot of work but to prove a point against a racist
— Patricia allen (@Eamon0303) October 15, 2018
Things only got worse when Kim Tallbear, a professor at the University of Alberta hit Warren for taking the DNA test.
TallBear noted in a lengthy statement shared on Twitter that Warren refused to meet with Cherokee Nation community members who challenged her ancestry claims.
“This shows that she focuses on and actually privileges DNA company definitions in this debate, which are ultimately settler-colonial definitions of who is indigenous,” the statement said. “As scholars of race have shown, it is one of the privileges of whiteness to define and control everyone else’s identity.”
Here’s a sampling of other responses that shows just what an epic failure Monday was for one of the Democratic Party’s likely 2020 contenders.
This did not go as planned. https://t.co/iWclxUcGcs
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) October 15, 2018
There. Are. No. Words.
Elizabeth Warren Condemned by the Cherokee Nation
We are witness to the greatest epic fail in US history
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 15, 2018
Perhaps Elizabeth Warren shouldn't have spiked the football so hard this morning. 🔥 https://t.co/oeVVmSGkPx
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 15, 2018
Starting to suspect maybe she didn't think this whole thing through 🤔 https://t.co/Osg3591e5Y
— Dasher ⛄ Dancer🎄Prancer and (@VixenRogue) October 15, 2018
Elizabeth Warren and her staff woke up this morning an thought "today is going to be a good day".
— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) October 15, 2018