Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to pretend she’s facing off with President Trump over her claims of Native American ancestry, but he’s not remotely her real worry.
Her release of a friendly expert’s analysis of her DNA shouldn’t satisfy anyone outraged at her appropriation of a Cherokee identity to forward her career.
Yes, Stanford prof Carlos Bustamante says her “results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor” six to 10 generations back.
As Cherokee Nation’s Chuck Hoskin Jr. explained, “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.”
The issue isn’t Warren’s family anecdotes. It’s her fakery.
As the Boston Globe reported in 2012, she “listed herself in the Association of American Law Schools directory as a minority, beginning in 1986.”
Both Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania listed her as “Native American” on their federal labor forms. A Harvard Law spokesman also cited that factoid when the school came under fire for lacking diversity.
Sure, the Globe found Harvard profs to insist that her claim had nothing to do with her hiring. But even if it only helped her network, or get an interview, it was a cheat.
Nor does the existence of a remote ancestor give any support to Warren’s past claim that her parents had to elope because her dad’s parents didn’t want him marrying a woman who was “part Cherokee and part Delaware.”
Again, it’s not Trump she’ll have to battle. Warren’s true challenge will be Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Kamala Harris and other hard-hitting rivals for the 2020 Democratic nomination.