Elizabeth Warren’s slow-motion nightmare continues – Washington Examiner
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., directly claimed to be a Native American in the 1980s when she worked at the University of Texas law school, contrary to what she has suggested in previous statements.
In 1986, Warren scribbled “American Indian” on the line that says “race” on her State Bar of Texas registration card, according to a Washington Post report published Tuesday evening.
“The Texas bar registration card … removes any doubt that Warren directly claimed the identity. In other instances Warren has declined to say whether she or an assistant filled out forms,” the Post noted.
It added: “The date coincided with her first listing as a “minority” by the Association of American Law Schools. Warren reported herself as minority in the directory every year starting in 1986 — when AALS first included a list of minority law professors — to 1995, when her name dropped off the list. Warren also had her ethnicity changed from white to Native American in December 1989 while working at the University of Pennsylvania. The change came two years after she was hired there.”
In 1995, just a few months after Warren began working at Harvard Law School, she gave the go-ahead for the school to list her ethnicity as Native American.
“Harvard listed Warren as Native American in its federal affirmative action forms from 1995 to 2004,” the Post reported.
The registration card is also notable because knowledge of its existence comes after the senator released a stash of documents last summer that she said proved she didn’t try to use ethnicity as a means for professional advancement. Oddly enough, Warren’s stash didn’t include the registration card, which NBC News host Willie Geist characterized Tuesday as the “ definition of cultural appropriation.”
Warren and her team are already issuing apologies.
“I can’t go back,” the senator told the Post. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”
A Warren spokeswoman, Kristen Orthman, said separately that the senator “is sorry that she was not more mindful of this earlier in her career.”
The apologies mentioned in the Post report come after Warren already spoke privately with Bill John Baker, the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, to apologize for the disastrous DNA test she released last fall.
“I told him I was sorry for furthering confusion about tribal citizenship,” Warren said. “I am also sorry for not being more mindful about this decades ago. We had a good conversation.”
And to think: This all started with a misguided attempt to “own” President Trump.
In October of last year, Warren was so smug, so sure of herself, when she announced that she had submitted herself to a DNA test that she said would prove Trump was wrong and racist to mock her claim to Native American heritage.
But then the test results came back, and they showed that the senator could be anywhere between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American. What was billed briefly as a definitive put-down of Trump soon turned into a rolling nightmare, and it just won’t stop.
Warren has been criticized fiercely for using the science of DNA to “prove” her heritage. The test itself revealed her claim was even flimsier than originally imagined. She did all of this while also rolling out a “ fact squad” website that, amazingly, compiles every lunatic allegation about her into one space. The senator quietly tried to apologize to the Cherokee Nation, but those efforts were met with a response that can best be described as tepid. She is now doing a much louder and on-the-record apology, but only after the Post uncovered physical proof of her past claim to Cherokee Indian heritage. Proof, by the way, that managed somehow not to make it into the document dump she released last summer.
The DNA test has been an unmitigated disaster from the beginning, and it has done more damage to Warren’s credibility than any number of attacks from President Trump ever could. She is her own worst enemy.
If I’m Trump, and I want a second term in office, my sincerest hope is that Warren becomes the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. She makes it too easy.