Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown told a Republican National Committee conference Monday that Senator Elizabeth Warren should submit to a DNA test to eliminate any controversy over her repeated claim she is of Native American descent.
“First of all, as we all know, she’s not Native American. She’s not 1/32nd. She has no Native American background except for what her family told her. The easy answer, as you all know, is that Harvard and [the University of Pennsylvania] can release the records. She can authorize the release of those records. She can take a DNA test. She can release the records herself,” Brown stated in a RNC conference call following Warren’s campaign appearance with Hillary Clinton.
Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has zinged Warren in public, calling her “Pocahontas,” a referral to the historical figure who was reputed to have saved the life of Virginia settler John Smith.
Brown, who won a special election to fill the seat of the late Edward Kennedy in 2010, was defeated by Warren in 2012 and endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy in February.
Warren is not the first person to embellish her past to advance her political career, but her assertion she is part Native American is utterly preposterous.
Hillary Clinton claimed she landed under fire in Bosnia; Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal made vague references to serving in Vietnam; President Nixon famously told an Orlando, Florida, audience he was not a crook; Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has told audiences he was the U.S. Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year; and Bill Clinton told reporters he did not have sexual relations with “that woman.”
First raised in 2012 by Warren opponents during her Senate bid, the issue gained the attention of 150 members of the Cherokee Nation, which demanded Warren acquit herself of the repeated claim she is of Native American background. The group’s demand inspired a website devoted to exposing Warren’s claim.
The challenge was followed with a request to prove her claim or offer an apology. Warren has refused to respond to either.
An educator at a string of universities before landing at Harvard, Warren’s alleged Native American background only emerged with a job application at the University of Pennsylvania.
While Warren likely indicated a Native American heritage at Penn to enhance her chances of obtaining a coveted position at an Ivy League school, and the deed is worthy of ridicule, the Trump campaign should focus on her association with Clinton instead of the absurd claim she is part Indian.
Trailing Clinton by double digits, it is more likely Trump can regain ground by attacking the newfound friendship between the two, which is worthy of analysis over the abyss between the former Secretary and the firebrand Massachusetts progressive related to their polar-opposite positions on Wall Street.
Everyone knows Warren is lying through her teeth.
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