Elizabeth Warren Hits Back at President Trump's Pocahontas Slur

Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass. waits to speak during a meeting of the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Warren said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is disrespecting Native Americans by

And my daddy's parents were bitterly opposed to their relationship. She told the audience of tribal leaders that her mother's family had Cherokee blood, and that the issue had upset her fathers' parents so much that the pair were forced to elope. She was born in Eastern Oklahoma, on this exact day - Valentine's Day - February 14, 1912. A story of heroism.

Warren said "in reality, the fable is used to bleach away the stain of genocide".

During her speech at this NCAI event - its 2018 Executive Council Winter Session - Warren also used the opportunity to take multiple swings at President Donald Trump, whose treatment of native American Indians she described as "disrespectful".

Trump wasn't the only one to poke fun at Warren's self identification. Warren later vowed to turn the controversy into a positive.

A genealogical examination of Warren was unable to conclusively find Native American ancestry.

"But now we have a president who can't make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing native history, native culture, native people to the butt of a joke", said the MA lawmaker, whose own claims to this ancestry have repeatedly met with scrutiny and been found lacking. "I respect that distinction", she continued. "I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes-and only by tribes". "I never used it to advance my career". She falsely claimed to be part Native American to further her academic career.

Boston Herald columnist and WRKO-680 talk show host Howie Carr was the first to determine that both recipes were lifted, nearly word-for-word, from French chefs' recipes published in the New York Times and other publications.

On Wednesday, Warren spoke in detail about her own supposed Native American heritage. "People have a right to know".

"Let's talk about Pocahontas", was Elizabeth Warren's big line.

"I've noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas", Warren said in a speech to the National Congress of American Indians, according to prepared remarks.

Interestingly, many outlets have suggested she sufficiently addressed long-standing challenges to her claimed native ancestry in the speech.

Sen. Warren is running for a second six-year term, and among the political chattering class, she is considered a potential presidential contender in 2020. As if her defense that she wanted to be listed as a minority to meet other minorities. "Her words today of caring don't seem to match her actions of the past".

Warren highlighted the lack of access to the banking system faced by many American Indians, as well as the lack of modern infrastructure on many reservations.

She accused Trump of reducing native history to "the butt of a joke" at her expense, and twisting native history - something that she says has been done before. "Lecturing, raging, and grandstanding can work up your followers on the far left, but that is not the same as serving your constituents". "Warren's ultimate explanation was she was drawing on family stories". "Violence remains part of life today".

Speaking to Native Americans, Sen. "And I promise I will fight to help write a different story".

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