Is Anyone Convinced by Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test?
The controversy of Elizabeth Warren’s claims to have Native American ancestry could become a damaging factor if she indeed runs for president in 2020. But now Warren is taking control of the story. Having submitted to a DNA test, Warren is now brandishing proof that she is partly descended from Native Americans. But will this put the story to bed or just stir up new issues? More at Boston Globe.
If Elizabeth Warren wants to point out to the American people that she’s never lied about her Native American ancestry, she is well within her rights to do so. And she has been grievously provoked. But she’s mistaken if she thinks Trump’s America is a place where an emotively scored promo video can change the tenor of a racial debate. If she thinks she’s the best Democratic candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020, she’s even more mistaken.
Never during her 2012 Senate candidacy nor during her term in office did she ever submit to a DNA test to assuage the concerns of her Massachusetts constituents.
We are just weeks from Election Day and Elizabeth Warren is a candidate for Senate, again. She owes the voters of the commonwealth an explanation as to why the DNA test occured now. If what we’ve just witnessed was the beginning of her presidential campaign she should come clean. Claiming to be a Native American when one is not is fraudulent. So is claiming to be a legitimate candidate for Senate when one is not.
The white working-class voters who are such an important part of Trump’s base are extremely receptive to the idea that not only does their race confer no privilege upon them, but their struggles are happening precisely because racial minorities (and immigrants, and women) are being given unfair advantages at their expense. This idea is drummed constantly into the heads of regular viewers of Fox News or listeners to conservative talk radio. That racial grievance is what Trump is trying to activate with the “Pocahontas” insult… We have no idea whether it’s going to work…