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Elizabeth Warren’s Last Stand

Big Lie: Presidential wannabe Elizabeth Warren’s obfuscation about her Native American heritage may have finally done her in. The latest shoe to drop is her 1986 registration card for the Texas bar, in which she claimed her race is “American Indian.”




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This week, seven years after the public first learned that she’d been claiming to be a Native American, the Massachusetts senator sort of apologized for doing so. But only after the Washington Post unearthed her Texas bar registration card, filled out by hand nearly 33 years ago.

The Post notes that this is “the first document to surface showing Warren making the claim in her own handwriting.”

“The Texas bar registration card is significant, among other reasons, because it removes any doubt that Warren directly claimed the identity. In other instances Warren has declined to say whether she or an assistant filled out forms,” the Post story noted.

Only Sen. Warren can clear up the mystery of why, in the mid-1980s when she was in her 30s, she suddenly started calling herself Native American, only to stop doing so in the mid-1990s. But one thing is perfectly clear: The various and ever-changing explanations she’s given don’t hold water.

The Making Of A Lie

Here’s a brief summary:

When the Boston Herald first reported in early 2012 that Harvard Law School had been touting Elizabeth Warren as a Native American faculty member, it came as a surprise to everyone. Not just because her looks made it so implausible, but because she’d never once brought it up when she became a public figure.

At first, Warren, who was campaigning for her first term in the Senate, said she had no idea how Harvard came to list her as Native American. “I think I first learned about it when I saw it on the front page of the Herald,” she said.

Then, as more evidence came to light, she admitted that she’d made the claim both to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard.

Warren also initially said she’d never listed herself as a Native American or a minority on any other forms or applications.

Also false: She’d done so in her Association of American Law Schools listing starting in 1986 and through 1994 — the year before she went to Harvard — when she dropped it.

Confronted By The Lie

When confronted with that lie, Warren said she labeled herself a minority in the association book to meet other “people who are like I am.” What, fakers?

In trying to explain why she kept labeling herself Native American in other places, Warren said that her great, great, great grandmother was Cherokee, and that it was a part of her family lore.

“Being Native American has been part of my story I guess since the day I was born,” she said. “These are my family stories, I have lived in a family that has talked about Native American and talked about tribes since I was a little girl.”

But genealogists failed to confirm that her lineage, and the DNA test Warren took — which was supposed to prove her heritage — thoroughly debunked it. (She appears to have less Native American DNA than the average American.)


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At one point after the story broke in 2012, Warren spun a yarn about how her parents had to elope because her father’s family didn’t approve of her mother’s Cherokee and Delaware ancestry. But her parents actually got married in a nearby church, which their local paper proudly announced.

Tales Of ‘Aunt Bea’

She also said her Aunt Bea would look at a picture of Warren’s grandfather and remark that he had high cheekbones “like all the Indians do.” But a Cherokee genealogist found that Warren herself listed Aunt Bea as “white” on her death certificate.

The only thing Elizabeth Warren has been consistent about over the past seven years has been her claim that she never used her phony minority heritage to get a job.

“And I want to make something clear,” she said a year ago. “I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.”

Right.

If that were the case, then why did she only start labeling herself as Native American at the start of her career, and then suddenly stop making any reference to her “proud heritage” when she was comfortably ensconced at Harvard?

Apology Not Enough

Now, with no more fables to tell, Warren now hopes an apology will suffice. “I can’t go back,” she told the Post. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”

That’s hardly a sufficient apology. She should instead be begging forgiveness for having repeatedly dissembled about her past, both in making her ridiculous claim to be a Native American, and then lying about why she did so.

Before Democrats board the “Elizabeth Warren for President” train, they ought to ask what else has she been lying about?

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Author: JOHN MERLINE