Elizabeth Warren’s First Week On The Stump Filled With Missteps

Leroy Wright
January 9, 2019

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In a commentary published by the Huffington Post, Cherokee Nation member Rebecca Nagle writes, "She [Warren] has had ample opportunity to make her mistake of falsely claiming to be Cherokee - both as a law professor and, more awkwardly, as a cookbook plagiarist - a minor issue in 2020".

Warren, a 69-year-old former Harvard Law School professor, became the highest-profile Democrat to launch a presidential exploratory committee when she filed papers December 31 with the Federal Election Commission.

Never mind the fact that Politico's article was written by a woman, who spoke directly to current and former Warren staffers, and addressed the idea that the comparisons to Clinton could be considered sexist. The trip to Iowa, her first in four years, marked the start of many this year by Democrats competing in the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses, now scheduled for February 3, 2020.

In addition to noting in her response that she was "not" someone "of color", Warren also accused Republicans of hurling racial slurs, pointing specifically to President Donald Trump.

She singled Wells Fargo & Co. and Equifax Inc. for what she said were abuses of the public's trust. The credit reporting giant has been criticized by a congressional oversight committee for failing to modernize its technology security to match the company's data gathering. "Took a while, but just put it all out there", Warren said.

The recent turbulence in the stock market was an added source of concern for some of those attending Warren's events.

"I am not a person of color", declared Warren, who wrapped up a three-day barnstorming of the Hawkeye State on Sunday - her first visit as a presumed 2020 presidential contender. "It's important that our markets are safe and stable".

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She then shifted back to her core message: "What I can do is I can be in this fight for all of our families".

"They know our government is broken", she told a crowd in Des Moines Saturday night. "I could follow a lady like that. She could wind up being the one for me".

After multiple corrections of the numbers by the outlet that originally reported it - The Boston Globe - in the final analysis she was found to be as little as 1/1,024th Native American. The test, which showed she was at least 1/1024th Native American, was also denounced by the Cherokee nation that said using "a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong".

And fighting a cold that, by the time her third event of the day rolled around, left her voice nearly completely strained.

Warren previously drew heat after she described the 2016 Democratic primaries as "unethical", stating she believes they were "rigged" against Hillary Clinton's opponent Bernie Sanders.

Missing from Warren's overarching presentation were the micro issues that are of particular interest to Iowa. At various points, she assailed drug companies, oil manufacturers, insurance companies, financial services corporations and even "big fertilizer companies making a bazillion dollars".

Senator Warren is fighting for a better deal for the middle class. By Saturday evening, she was losing her voice.

The same news report states that Warren "has previously identified as Native American, according to reports". "The good news is, nevertheless, I persist".

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