Senator Elizabeth Warren is in serious trouble, after liberal stalwarts the Boston Globe and the New York Times blasted her laughable “DNA test” stunt that made the Massachusetts Democrat the butt of countless jokes about her faux Native American heritage.
Three senior members of Warren’s staff told the New York Times they were “shocked” and “rattled” by her self-destructive decision to publicize her dubious test results. One former senior adviser called the “depressing” stunt a massive “strategic failure.”
Top aides say Warren should apologize for her distasteful debacle. The DNA test disaster harmed Warren in several ways: First, it failed to prove that she’s authentically Native American.
President Trump reacted by saying he’ll continue to call Warren “Pocahontas” even though tests suggest she’s not really Native American. “That name is too good to give up,” Trump joked.
As BizPac Review reported, Warren’s comical DNA test revealed that she “may be” 1/1,024 Native American — which makes her less Native American than many white Americans.
The circus stunt also marginalized Native Americans, because it appeared that Warren was trying to exploit her sham heritage to win street cred with minorities. That kind of shameless pandering — consisting of empty words, with nothing to back it up — failed to connect with many minorities.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) December 6, 2018
Many Native Americans also said that instead of using her fake heritage to spotlight social injustices that impact the community, Warren used her dubious background to cast herself as the victim. That was a bad call that rubbed many the wrong way.
Jennifer Epps-Addison, co-director for the liberal Center for Popular Democracy, said Warren needs to apologize if she wants to rehabilitate her image:
“If she wants to be considered the leader of our party or the leader of the progressive movement, she needs a reconciliation.
And that reconciliation should center on Native voices and make sure that their stories of loss and theft of identity come front and center — not one white woman’s tale of understanding her DNA.”
For her part, Warren remains defensive about her handling of the DNA test reveal. “I put it out there. It’s on the internet for anybody to see,” she quipped. “People can make of it what they will. I’m going to continue fighting on the issues that brought me to Washington.”
Meanwhile, the Boston Globe — which supported Elizabeth Warren for president in 2016 — now says “she has become a divisive figure,” and a cautionary tale for other high-profile Democrats.
“Warren missed her moment in 2016, and there’s reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020,” the Boston Globe’s editorial board wrote.
Yeeks: The Boston Globe Ed Board, which called on Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016, suggests she pass this time.
"She has become a divisive figure. A unifying voice is what the country needs now after the polarizing politics of Trump." https://t.co/NwkSaAIBkG
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) December 6, 2018
Warren reportedly used her dubious Native-American heritage to benefit from affirmative action hiring programs that should have helped actual Native-Americans.
For years, she refused to take a DNA test to prove her claims. Now we know why.
Elizabeth Warren’s real Indian opponent sends her a DNA kit for her birthday. She’s not amused https://t.co/MMxrZQVi5g
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 8, 2017