OH YEAH? PROVE IT! Elizabeth Warren: ‘My mother’s family was part Native American’

Elizabeth Warren doubled-down on claims of her Native American heritage a few moments ago while addressing the National Congress of American Indians, telling the audience in no uncertain terms, “My mother’s family was part Native American.”

Via Boston Globe reporter Matt Viser:

BREAKING: Elizabeth Warren just took the stage at the National Congress of American Indians. In a surprise appearance, she plans to forcefully rebut Trump’s use of “Pocahontas” as a slur, address the issue of her heritage more directly, and pledge to work on Native issues. pic.twitter.com/SIP00peTNB

— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 14, 2018

On Trump calling her “Pocahontas”:

“I’ve noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas,” Elizabeth Warren says before a conference of Native Americans. “So I figured, let’s talk about Pocahontas.”

— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 14, 2018

Warren contrasts the fable of Pocahontas – of a woman who met colonist John Smith, fell in love, and became a positive tale of colonization – with a darker story of abduction and imprisonment.

— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 14, 2018

Warren directly rebuts Trump: “Indigenous people have been telling the story of Pocahontas–the real Pocahontas–for centuries. A story of heroism. Bravery. Pain. And, for almost as long, her story has been taken away by powerful people who twisted it to serve their own purposes”

— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 14, 2018

Elizabeth Warren: “The joke, I guess, is supposed to be on me. I get why some people think there’s hay to be made here. You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe. And I want to make something clear. I respect that distinction.”

— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 14, 2018

Warren also claimed that she “never used [her] family tree to get a break or get ahead”:

Responding to critics who claim she used a minority status to gain prestigious law professorships, Warren says: “I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.”

— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 14, 2018

Here’s the money quote on her alleged family heritage:

Warren is not apologizing for her story, or claims that her mother’s family had Cherokee blood – instead, reaffirming: “My mother’s family was part Native American.”

— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 14, 2018

“The story they lived will always be a part of me,” Elizabeth Warren says of her parents, and her mother’s heritage. “And no one—not even the President of the United States—will ever take that part of me away.”

— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 14, 2018

Time for a DNA test.

Warren’s also mad at the portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office:

Elizabeth Warren, speaking to a group of Native Americans: “It is deeply offensive that this President keeps a portrait of Andrew Jackson hanging in the Oval Office, honoring a man who did his best to wipe out Native people.”

— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 14, 2018

Reminder: Jackson was totally cool with Warren only two years ago:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren to headline Jefferson Jackson Bailey Dinner http://t.co/JU6Sb6xDtY pic.twitter.com/6zbmyeZwKV

— FOX 61 (@FOX61News) April 30, 2015

Hypocrite.

Full text here:

Full text of Elizabeth Warren’s speech to the National Congress of American Indians, where she’s making a surprise appearance: https://t.co/PPkhkXNCwh

— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 14, 2018

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