Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is being widely criticized, Thursday, for standing by questionable DNA results that show she’s less than 1/1024 Native American, and she may be preparing to apologize for claiming the test proved her claim to Native American ancestry.
In a New York Times report published Thursday (and digested here by Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro), sources close to the senator revealed that she is concerned her “proof” of Native American ancestry did more harm than good, and that while she “stands by” the decision to release the results, those around her are privately concerned that she prematurely ended her 2020 Presidential bid.
“[N]early two months after Ms. Warren released the test results and drew hostile reactions from prominent tribal leaders, the lingering cloud over her likely presidential campaign has only darkened,” the Times reports. “[S]he has yet to allay criticism from grass-roots progressive groups, liberal political operatives and other potential 2020 allies who complain that she put too much emphasis on the controversial field of racial science.”
She now has two choices: defend her decision through the next two years, deflecting concerns that she’s appropriating a culture for her own benefit — a claim bolstered by her recent legislative slate, which includes several attempts to help Native American tribes in Massachusetts obtain casino licenses — or retract her earlier statements, doubling down on her “proof” of ancestry.
As she decides, one thing is clear: her advisers have chosen a path forward for her. They want her to apologize.
“They say they believe a plan should be made to repair that damage, possibly including a strong statement of apology,” the Times reports. “The advisers say Ms. Warren will have to confront the issue again if she announces a presidential campaign, which is expected in the coming weeks, and several would like her to act soon.”
Taking the test was always a risky maneuver for the Massachusetts Democrat. Her previous claims to Native American ancestry hinged on age-old racist stereotypes (“high cheekbones”) and a cookbook titled “Pow Wow Chow,” to which she contributed an undoubtedly ancient Cherokee recipe for tomato crab salad. While there’s no proof she used her ancestry to gain employment in the Ivy League, the Ivy League certainly touted her “ancestry,” often counting her among Harvard’s faculty “of color.”
That makes her a fair target without the proof, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Warren’s closest progressive competitor, had already declared that she would call Warren on the carpet for her “minority” status. With the proof, she’s fair game for other reasons.
More than likely, Warren won’t issue an apology. The plan for her campaign appears to be to insulate her from criticism from Native American groups, using her work with the local Mashpee tribe as cover.