In late April, President Trump again fired the barb of “Pocahontas” at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Soviet Union). Despite the claims of many in the media that it is “obvious racism,” Trump should keep using it.
For starters, Warren has earned it. She is arguably somewhat nicer that Hillary Clinton but just as deceitful and opportunistic. For example, she has fudged data in an academic study. In addition, despite being a “crusader” against the Big Banks during the housing meltdown, it turns out that she does business with some of the banks she denounces and has made a tidy sum from flipping houses, two of which were in foreclosure.
Trump could certainly criticize Warren for those “peccadillos,” but the Pocahontas barb will surely yield more electoral dividends. Now, if Trump were using Pocahontas as an attack on the Harvard Hero of the Working Class’s Native American ancestry, then it would be racist. Yet it is all but certain that Warren has no such ancestry. Rather, Trump employs the insult which refers to Warren’s obfuscation of her heritage, which in turn is likely an attempt to cover up that she probably lied about her ancestry to obtain positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.
When Warren first ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012, the Boston Herald discovered that Harvard University had been touting Warren as a Native American faculty member. Warren initially claimed that she had no idea that Harvard was using her Native American heritage. But reports surfaced that her previous employer, the University of Pennsylvania, had touted her as Native American. That, however, was inconsistent with the records from Warren’s alma mater, the University of Texas, where she described herself as “white” on her admission form.
The other problem is that no one could confirm that she had any Native American ancestry. As all of this unraveled, Warren then backtracked by admitting that, yes, she had told Harvard about her lineage: “I listed myself in the directory [as a Native American] in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group something that might happen with people who are like I am.”
But, not to worry, she had proof of her ancestry: “I still have a picture on my mantel and it is a picture my mother had before that – a picture of my grandfather. And my Aunt Bea has walked by that picture at least a thousand times remarked that he—her father, my Papaw—had high cheek bones like all of the Indians do.” (Can you imagine how the media would react if a Republican said that? – The Wife.)
Warren also said, “Being Native American is part of who our family is and I’m glad to tell anyone about that. I am just very proud of it.” However, she never mentioned being Native American during her Senate campaign until the Boston Herald reported on it. One would think that it would be real big with the lefties in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts.
The explanation that best fits the facts is that Warren always knew her Aunt Bea’s claims about Native American ancestry were dubious. But when those claims proved useful, as they would at universities begging for more minority faculty, Warren cast all doubts aside and claimed that she was Native American.
Thus, Trump isn’t attacking Warren’s ancestry by calling her “Pocahontas”; he’s reminding voters of her dishonesty.
And he should up the reminders the closer it gets to November 2020. Warren could well be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2020. Voters need to know that she lied about her heritage to game affirmative action policies in order to get hired at Ivy League universities. The more Trump refers to Warren as Pocahontas, the more the media will be forced to explain why he is calling her that.
Clearly, we can’t rely on reporters’ willingness to relay Warren’s deceptions. For example, here is NBC reporter Daniel Arkin on Trump’s recent use of the term: “President Donald Trump returned to one of his most derogatory insults Friday, referring to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as ‘Pocahontas’ — a jab at her Native American ancestry.”
Uh, no, moron.
It has never been confirmed the she has any such ancestry. But, then, what do you expect from Democratic operatives with bylines?
If Trump keeps hurling the well-deserved slight at Warren, his surrogates will have to explain why he is doing so to the press. And sooner or later, the press will have to report on the Senator-High-Cheek-Bones controversy. The more Trump does it, the more they’ll have to report it.
Eventually, Warren will be a caricature: A pointy-headed, opportunistic, dishonest Harvard intellectual who lied to get a very cushy job. Wonder how that will play with working class voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin?
Crossposted at Bombthrowers.