Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the darling of the Democratic party and attacking her is likely to ignite a backlash of angry liberals who hang on every economic policy point the senior Massachusetts senator proposes. But Donald Trump decided this weekend that she will be the latest in a long line of his political foes to earn his wrath.
Last week, Warren did an interview with a news station in her state in which she attacked Trump for “even threatening to get anywhere near the presidency,” Warren told a reporter. “Don’t take me there.” She also blamed Trump for inciting the violence that has broken out at his rallies. “This is what Trump has been fostering and fermenting for months now. And it finally reached the next level,” Warren said.
But on Monday, Warren took that to a whole other level calling on “decent people everywhere” to strike out against what she called the “bigger, uglier threat” that is Donald Trump.
At the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Saturday, Warren did it again zinging both Trump and her former opponent Scott Brown, who has come out in support of Trump whose name has also been floated as a VP option. “It would be the perfect reality show matchup,” Warren told the crowd. “ ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ meets ‘The Biggest Loser.’ ”
Rather than dispel the myth, Trump struck back. “She’s got about as much Indian blood as I have. Her whole life was based on a fraud,” Trump told The New York Times this past weekend. “She got into Harvard and all that because she said she was a minority.”
“Nothing Donald Trump says surprises me, but that’s about as low as he’s ever gone,” said Phil Johnston, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
In 2012, Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker explained that Warren never claimed to be a card-carrying member of the Cherokee Nation but rather said that she had Native ancestry in her Oklahoma roots. “I wish every Congressman and Senator in the U.S. would had a kinship or felt a kinship to the Cherokee Nation.”
Genealogists confirm that Warren’s great-great-great grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee making Warren 1/32, the same percentage as Chief Baker. Other members of Warren’s family, including her first cousin, are actively involved in the tribe and Native causes. Before 1963, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians awarded tribal membership to anyone applicant who could prove he or she was 1/32 Cherokee. The lineage rule has served as an ongoing debate within the Cherokee community since then, but Warren never applied for nor claimed any membership to the tribe.