Elizabeth Warren calls Donald Trump's 'Pocahontas' references disrespectful

Alex Edelman  ZUMA

Alex Edelman ZUMA

Now, the difference in Warren's case is that the need for a rhetorical defanging was not based on other people's religious or racial prejudice - but out of her own confusing claim to Native American heritage, her inability to prove that link and the perception that she tried to benefit professionally from it.

As Breitbart News reported previously, however, beginning in 1986 and continuing into 1995, Warren claimed that she had minority status in the Association of American Law Schools directory.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday forcefully denounced the President's use of "Pocohntas" as an insult against her and discussed some of her family background in an effort to address questions about her Native American heritage. But her Pocahontas speech instead showed that she is Hillary. To help her, I have drafted an apology, which she has my full permission to appropriate.

"I get why some people think there's hay to be made here", Warren said, according to a transcript of the speech published by The Boston Globe. "You won't find my family members on any rolls, and I'm not enrolled in a tribe".

Warren simply declared, again, that her mother's family was part Native American, and that her "daddy's parents were bitterly opposed to their relationship".

"Senator Warren has had decades to address her so-called claims of American Indian heritage".

"They're gone, but the love they shared, the struggles they endured, the family they built, and the story they lived will always be a part of me", Warren said. I want to especially apologize to the over 350,000 citizens of Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United Keetoowah Band.

During her speech at this NCAI event - its 2018 Executive Council Winter Session - Warren also used the opportunity to take multiple swings at President Donald Trump, whose treatment of native American Indians she described as "disrespectful".

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians represents American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and advocates for indigenous rights.

Warren, 68, is running for re-election to the Senate and is widely considered a possible 2020 presidential contender. "Warren has maintained since 2012 that this is an issue of family lore".

She did, however, take one last jab at Trump over the president's "deeply offensive" decision to "keep a portrait of Andrew Jackson hanging in the Oval Office, honoring a man who did his best to wipe out native people".

The Massachusetts senator has previously claimed to have Cherokee ancestry, but exhaustive reporting on the subject has found no evidence of such a tie.

Each time, she said, "someone brings up my family's story, I'm going to use it to lift up the story of your families and your communities".

"And for nearly as long, her story has been taken away by powerful people who twisted it to serve their own purposes", she said.

"Indeed, she even submitted recipes to a Native American cookbook called 'Pow Wow Chow, ' published in 1984 by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma".

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