So, Elizabeth Warren was one of several presidential hopefuls at the Native American Presidential Forum yesterday, and it went exactly how you’d expect: hilariously.
Twitter is already abuzz with reactions to a viral video in which a moderator at the Sioux City, Iowa event seemed a little miffed that Sen. Warren’s introduction garnered modest applause:
The moderator at the Native American Forum in Iowa today had to ask the crowd to applaud after he suggested the Elizabeth Warren could be the next President. pic.twitter.com/UKZlJBgBjR
— Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) August 19, 2019
Of course, the People of Twitter never let us down:
What should they be excited about? That she's a fraud and cheating real Natives out of financial aid and grants for college? That she's a terrible representative for her district?
Why should they clap?
I think 1/1024 effort is good enough 😉😁
— ❤PBV🇺🇸62❤ (@PatyVelasquez62) August 19, 2019
But, if you ask me, the main attraction was Warren’s speech delivered to attendees at the forum in which she apologized for the “harm” she caused for her past claims of Native American ancestry.
“Like anyone who’s being 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 is a great honor to be able to partner with Indian Country, and that’s what I’ve tried to do as a senator, and that’s what I promise I will do as president of the United States of America.”
Though she didn’t outright mention it, it seems pretty clear that Warren was referring to her decades of claiming to be Native American, as well as her decision to release a DNA test last year hoping to prove those ancestry claims.
In case y’all forgot, the plot epically backfired and the test revealed that, at best, Warren probably had a Native ancestor 6 to 10 generations back.
At the time, actual native people, as well as her fellow progressives, put Warren on full blast for entertaining the theories of “race science” and giving President Trump even more Twitter fodder.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. blasted Warren the day of her DNA revelation, saying such tests are “useless to determine tribal citizenship” and accusing Warren of “undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
“Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Hoskin added. “Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.”
A descendant of Pocahontas even called Warren out, urging her to apologize for using Native American heritage for political brownie points.
While the folks at yesterday’s forum seem pleased to have Warren there, at least one attendee agreed to go on camera with her—to put it lightly—disapproval of Warren:
Attendees at the Native American Forum aren't having it:
"How can she say she's not a [woman of color] when she just took a DNA test stating she is?"pic.twitter.com/tJxTOS15Bm
— Michael Ahrens (@michael_ahrens) August 19, 2019
Probably because “1/1024th Woman Of Color” doesn’t have a very nice ring to it.