Courtesy of WaPo:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that she was sorry that she identified herself as a Native American for almost two decades, reflecting her ongoing struggle to quiet a controversy that continues to haunt her as she prepares to formally announce a presidential bid.
Her comments more fully explain the regret she expressed last week to the chief of the Cherokee Nation, the first time she’s said she was sorry for claiming American Indian heritage.
The private apology was earlier reported as focusing more narrowly on a DNA test she took to demonstrate her purported heritage, a move that prompted a ferocious backlash even from many allies. Warren will be vying to lead a party that has become far more mindful of nonwhite voters and their objections to misuse of their culture.
“I can’t go back,” Warren said in an interview with The Washington Post. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”
Warren has been trying for the past year to get past the lingering controversy over her past assertion that she is Native American.
In addition to the DNA test, she released employment documents over the summer to show she didn’t use ethnicity to further her career. And in a speech a year ago she addressed her decision to call herself a Native American, though she didn’t offer the apology that some wanted at the time.
Unfortunately for Warren the Washington Post used an open records request to get access to this:
Here is the form Elizabeth Warren filled out for the State Bar of Texas claiming American Indian heritage. pic.twitter.com/VwHifS7BCL
— Amy Gardner (@AmyEGardner) February 6, 2019
I’m not going to lie, that looks bad. Especially since Warren claimed that she did not use this borrowed ethnicity in an attempt to further her career.
Warren was confronted about this card and attempted to explain it away.
Look I like Elizabeth Warren, and think she has what it takes to be a pretty good President.
However, having said that I simply do not see her campaign getting past this in one piece.
This appears to show her as inauthentic, and either extremely naive or deceitful.
If it were simply Warren and one other possible Democratic candidate she might be able to get past this and emerge victoriously, but she is going up against a very impressive field of presidential hopefuls and the majority of them will not have this kind of baggage.
As much as it pains me to say it, I think this is it for her.