Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Native American* Democrat from Massachusetts, has boldly pledged to refuse to accept donations from the National Rifle Association. Which really does not change anything because, according to OpenSecrets.org, the NRA has never donated to Sen. Warren in the first place.
Still, Sen. Warren is being praised for this decision announced via NowthisNews.com in which she proudly proclaims, "It's time we strip the NRA of its stranglehold over our children's lives." She is technically the first Senator to refuse to accept NRA money.
'It's time we strip the NRA of its stranglehold over our children's lives.' — Elizabeth Warren is the first U.S. senator to pledge never to take money from the NRA pic.twitter.com/yzKWedNQNb— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 18, 2018
Sen. Warren has never really been a fan of the NRA. In February, she promised to fight the NRA at every turn.
I’m going to fight the @NRA at every turn until we have sensible gun policies that keep our country safe. If Wayne LaPierre thinks we’re terrifying, he ain’t seen nothing yet. Chip in now to show the NRA we’re fighting back. https://t.co/rv6itRjuSA— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) February 23, 2018
That should be a pretty obvious sign that she was not going to be getting any money from them in the future. So, Sen. Warren declaring that she refuses to accept their money is a little bit laughable. It is purely a symbolic move for the Democratic base. It kind of comes across a little desperate. Sen. Warren is akin to the mean kid in high school who was not invited to hang out and then declares, "Well, I didn't want to hang out with you anyways."
*She has never actually proven that she is a Native American aside from saying that it is part of her family folkore