Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign is doing damage control after the Massachusetts Senator played up her Native American heritage. It was later revealed that she's anywhere from 1/64th to 1/1024th Native American.
Her campaign had an entire section of her website dedicated to her heritage, along with the following video:
"In the most exhaustive review untaken of Elizabeth Warren's professional history, The Globe found clear evidence, in documents and interviews, that her claim to Native American ethnicity was never considered by the Harvard Law faculty, which voted resoundingly to hire her, or by those who hired her to four prior positions at other law schools. At every step of her remarkable rise in the legal profession, the people responsible for hiring her saw her as a white woman." – The Boston Globe
Not only is her campaign scrubbing her website of her so-called "heritage," but Warren also apologized during the Native American Issues Forum in Iowa on Monday, the Washington Examiner reported.
"I know that I have made mistakes. I am sorry for harm I have caused," Warren said. "I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations that we've had together. It is a great honor to partner with Indian country."
What's interesting is Warren's apology came after she was introduced by Rep. Debbie Haaland (D-NM), one of the first Native American women elected to Congress. Haaland defended Warren before she even took the stage.
"Elizabeth knows she will be attacked, but she's here to be an unwavering partner in our struggle because that is what a leader does," Haaland said.
Warren and Haaland are currently working together on legislation that force the federal government to better fund education, housing, healthcare and public safety programs for tribal nations and indigenous peoples.
It's apparent that Warren's previous attempt at making herself more relatable to minorities is now becoming her biggest liability. Why should people of color trust her to represent them if she can't even be open and honest about her heritage?