Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., made a stunning admission about her Native American heritage on Wednesday.
I'm just kidding. Actually, she cherry-picked the pain and suffering of Pocahontas and millions of Native Americans at the hands of western settlers in order to score political points.
During her address to the National Congress of American Indians on Wednesday, Warren used President Donald Trump incessantly referring to her as "Pocahontas" in an insulting manner to dovetail into the story about the real-life Pocahontas.
"I’ve noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas," Warren said. "So I figured, let’s talk about Pocahontas. Not Pocahontas, the fictional character most Americans know from the movies, but Pocahontas, the Native woman who really lived, and whose real story has been passed down to so many of you through the generations."
You might be wondering if it could get any worse, considering that Warren is infamous for falsely claiming Native American heritage and using it to advance her career. Well, it does get worse.
"Our country’s disrespect of Native people didn’t start with President Trump. It started long before President Washington ever took office," Warren continued. "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. I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes — and only by tribes. I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career."
Warren is right in a sense. Our country's disrespect of Native people does go back through the centuries, long before Trump. Warren helped contribute to that disrespect by claiming Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage. She allegedly used it to land her teaching gig at Harvard Law School. She was singled out in the Harvard Crimson in 1996 for being Native American. Cherokee groups have demanded documentation proving that Warren is, in fact, Cherokee. She still hasn't provided it to this day, and she seems to have admitted clearly that it doesn't exist.
Whether you believe Sen. Warren leveraged her heritage to advance her career, it has become a point of contention in politics that doesn't do her any favors to keep bringing it up. It would be better if she apologized for ever claiming Native American heritage and admit that she was told as a child that her great-great-great-grandmother was part Cherokee. Admitting when you're wrong is often the best way out of a situation like this.
And in this rough and tumble world where President Trump reigns supreme when in messaging, Warren is only embarrassing herself and looking less appealing to challenge Trump if she has any hope of running for president in 2020. So, Sen. Warren, stop the charade and own up to this decades-old lie.
Siraj Hashmi is a commentary video editor and writer for the Washington Examiner.