Elizabeth Warren Turning Trump’s Jibes Into Minority Retort

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted President Trump’s repeated use of a slur to refer to her claim of American ­Indian ancestry yesterday while Republicans doubled down, ensuring the issue will loom over her ­future campaigns.

“I’ve noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas. So I figured, let’s talk about Pocahontas,” Warren said in an unannounced address to the National Congress of American Indians in Washington yesterday.

Warren accused Trump of “reducing native history, native culture, native people to the butt of a joke,” referring to a White House event honoring Native American veterans during which Trump called Warren “Pocahontas.”

Trump has repeatedly used the name to mock Warren’s claim of Cherokee heritage, and Republicans have charged her with using it for professional gain — an accusation she flatly denied yesterday. Warren listed herself as a minority in a national law school directory in the 1980s and ‘90s, and was claimed as a Native American by Harvard University. Genealogists found no conclusive evidence to support her claim.

“This is all about 2020 and Sen. Warren’s presidential ambitions,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “She knows that the 2020 Democratic presidential primary will likely resemble the Hunger Games and she is being proactive about her political blind spots.”

Read more from Kimberly Atkins at the Boston Herald

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