It took a while — but Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) finally admitted the truth on Friday.
Speaking to students at the historically black Morgan State University, Warren conceded that, despite her past claims of Native American ancestry, she is not a person of color.
“As a country, we need to stop pretending that the same doors open for everyone, because they don’t. I’m not a person of color,” Warren said. “And I haven’t lived your life or experienced anything like the subtle prejudice, or more overt harm, that you may have experienced just because of the color of your skin.”
So why is Warren backing away from her claim to Native American heritage? She’s likely thinking about 2020.
“Her speech comes as Warren is mulling a White House bid and trying to regain her footing after stoking outrage on the left by releasing a DNA test in October intended to prove she has Native American ancestry,” the Washington Post reported. “The test angered some minority leaders who found it offensive that she would use genetics to prove ethnicity.”
The report added: “The blowback from releasing the test halted Warren’s momentum as an early Democratic favorite for 2020, and she is trying to focus on policy and strengthening ties to nonwhite communities.”
It may seem strange that Warren is now backing away completely from her implied suggestion that she is somehow a minority, but that's politics. People "evolve," as Democrats like to say.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly mocked Warren over the claim, calling her "Pocahontas."
"Now that her claims of being of Indian heritage have turned out to be a scam and a lie, Elizabeth Warren should apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public," Trump tweeted back in October. "Harvard called her 'a person of color' (amazing con), and would not have taken her otherwise!"
Though Warren stopped short of apologizing, it seems she realized that Trump was right.
Meanwhile, the far-left Democrat has acknowledged she is currently giving 2020 a "hard look." If it ends up being Trump vs. Warren in 2020, can you image how much political ammunition Trump will have?