Sen. Elizabeth Warren had grand plans for her formal declaration for the Democratic presidential nomination this Saturday. Circumstances in recent days may have halted that venue.
The long-running controversy over her claims of Native American heritage have come home to roost. The publication of a 1986 Texas bar registration card showed Warren identifying herself as “American Indian,” in her own handwriting.
Up until that revelation, the Massachusetts senator had successfully dodged her critics that include the president, who playfully calls her “Pocahontas.” A term that has haunted her with critics for years.
The new revelation comes at a time when the field of Democratic hopefuls seems to be increasing by the day. Even with the senator’s apology, the simmering heritage controversy is a huge distraction that becomes increasingly difficult for the ultra-liberal senator to move past.
It’s a major distraction that similar ideological candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will take advantage of. Dodging the growing outcry is proving to be a major distraction for Warren, who cannot do more than answer endless questions about the controversy.
Furthermore, the nation’s first presidential primary will be held in her neighboring state of New Hampshire. Should Warren stay in the race, it is almost a must win or it could bring an abrupt halt to any major campaign contributions.
The registration card was first reported by The Washington Post. It was quickly followed by Fox News that verified the existence of the document. The roar of the media in general followed quickly as the official document was the first known instance of Warren claiming Native American ancestry.
It also provided her severest critic, President Trump, with more political ammunition to push her candidacy to the abyss. She has repeatedly denied using her so-called ancestry to bolster her academic career.
Warren has also apologized to her base telling the Post, “I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”
Is it too little too late? The Republican National Committee spokesman Mike Reed thinks so.
He told the media Tuesday night, Warren “issued a politically opportunistic apology that doesn’t go nearly far enough. Warren pretended to be a minority to climb the Ivy League ladder, a lie that will continue to haunt her presidential ambitions.”
The RNC filed a grievance against Warren with the State Bar of Texas on Wednesday asking for disciplinary action against the senator.
Warren, who was born and grew up in Oklahoma, had for decades claimed to have Native American heritage. Now she finds herself running away from her now proven record of deceit and now hangs by her political fingernails.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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