There is no level to which presidential candidate Liz Warren won’t sink. Every couple of weeks the campaign conducts a fire-sale of core principles and intellectual integrity in order to buy off this or that voter block.
Last year’s highlight was an attack on ICE, saying that it should be replaced with “something that reflects our morality.” She declared to an audience packed with immigration activists that, “This is about children held in cages. This is about babies scattered all across this country.”
She warned of dark forces treating “rape victims and refugees like terrorists.”
About a week ago, the pandering continued, this time invoking the name of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man who was shot by a police officer in an act that was ruled “self-defense” by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Warren tweeted, “5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.”
Whether it is the Green New Deal, college debt forgiveness, universal healthcare or reparations for slavery, Warren has a plan for it.
So it is that Friday, Warren unveiled an expansive plan to aid tribal nations — the day after President Trump mocked her claims of Native American heritage during a New Hampshire campaign rally.
The Warren plan would create a cabinet-level Council on Native American Affairs and protect tribal lands in part by revoking permits for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Other features include items that appear on her greater platform, like universal childcare.
This particular act of pandering is a little different than the others because it is rooted less in capturing the Native American vote and more in minimizing Sen. Warren’s Native American problem.
Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly claimed to have Native American ancestry, including in situations where such claims could garner her an advantage.
She stated on her Texas state bar card registration that she was “American Indian” and Harvard University touted her as a minority hire in 1996.
Last year, in an attempt to ameliorate the damage Warren released DNA test results which, as it turned out only proved that she could be as little as 1/1024th Native American. It was devastating.
Yesterday, Warren prostrated herself in front of a Native American audience and finally apologized for her decades of cultural appropriation.
“Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes,” Warren said. “I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot. And I am grateful for the many conversations that we’ve had together.”
It took a presidential run for Elizabeth Warren to finally do the right thing. She has been a senator for more than six years and has never moved to make amends to the people she has aggrieved until now. All this time, benefiting from a claim to the Native American experience and she never deigned to share the fruits of her deeds with them.
Until now. Now that she is running for president.
We deserve better from our elected leaders. Cynical operators like Sen. Warren serve to erode the faith the people have in their government.
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