Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made a really odd decision on Friday.
The controversial senator released two policy proposals targeting American Indians, which would seem like a corner of politics she would want to keep far away from considering her very questionable past claiming to be Native American herself.
While Warren has earned plenty of criticism for her past comments about being Cherokee — despite a DNA test later showing she has a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of actual heritage — these new policy proposals have even CNN panelists scratching their heads in bewilderment.
“I mean, you know, the issues of Native Americans in the country are I’m sure very important, but I don’t know that the Democratic Party is clamoring for a massive policy position on it and she could well have decided, why poke the bear, right?” The New York Times’ Michael Shear said in reaction to the proposals. “Why put this so out front that President Trump can come in and raise this again and she’s going to have more interviews like the one where she wasn’t very comfortable.”
President Trump has been very critical of Warren’s Native American claims. He’s even nicknamed her “Pocahontas,” a nickname that has stuck and rightfully points to Warren’s biggest flaw as a public figure.
Dana Bash suggested that the policy proposals were a way to make up for the DNA test and the senator’s past comments.
“What better way to try to bring everybody together and bring herself more into that community than bringing her calling card, which is a policy,” she said.
Wall Street Journal reporter Tarini Parti pointed out that the Native American heritage controversy is Warren’s biggest obstacle as a potential candidate.
“One thing that voters pointed out is the Pocahontas thing has been mostly forgotten and the fact that she did do that DNA test, but they do bring it up sometimes when they’re talking about defeating Donald Trump and someone who can be on the same debate stage as Donald Trump,” Parti said.
NPR reporter Asma Khalid recalled recently telling Warren that “some folks, even some Democrats, do question whether your judgment on race may be off.”
One proposal from Warren looks to increase funding to programs for Native Americans, and the other looks to increase tribal jurisdiction.
Warren says she would also revoke the “ill-advised and improperly granted permits” for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
President Trump acknowledged Warren’s rising poll numbers and candidacy in a recent rally in New Hampshire where he all but promised to keep Warren’s claims of Native American heritage in the spotlight.
“I did the Pocahontas thing. I hit her really hard. And it looked like she was down and out. But that was too long ago. I could have waited. But don’t worry, we will revive it,” he said.
Reactions on social to Warren’s new policy proposals has been expectedly not kind.
“Holy crap, the irony,” one Twitter user responded.
“This can’t be a real headline,” another replied.
Another said, “Is her policy, ‘to pretend to be one?'”
Check out more reactions below:
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) August 16, 2019
So now all of us have to pay the price because you decided to falsely identify yourself as a Native American. https://t.co/KXfPPP8PHh
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) August 16, 2019
WATCH: CNN's MJ Lee says Elizabeth Warren's claims to Native American heritage "is a concern we've heard from some voters while we're out on the trail." pic.twitter.com/t3yHPgE4CL
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) August 16, 2019
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