Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s website for her new presidential exploratory committee attempts to link questions about her claims of Native American heritage to people who questioned whether former President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
Warren’s website blames “the right-wing machine” for scrutiny of her heritage claims.
“They have called Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ and used racist depictions of Native American history, culture, and people to make Elizabeth the butt of a joke,” the website states.
“These actions not only dishonor Native people and their many contributions to this country, but perpetuate harmful stereotypes that Native communities continue to fight against.”
“Show us your papers. Release your birth certificate. It’s all part of the right’s disgusting effort to use race-baiting and fear-mongering to distract our country and divide our people while they rig the system for the rich and powerful,” Warren’s site claims.
Warren’s campaign didn’t return a request for comment on the comparison between Warren’s heritage claims and Obama’s birth certificate.
Trump was among those who questioned whether Obama had actually been born in the United States, an issue Obama put to rest in April 2011 by releasing his long form birth certificate.
Warren this past October released the results of a DNA test indicating she likely has a small fraction of Native American ancestry.
The Cherokee Nation sharply criticized Warren’s use of the DNA test to support her claimed links to the tribe.
Harvard Law School used Warren’s claims of Native American heritage to label her a “Native American professor” and racial minority in the 1990s.
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