Elizabeth Warren announces her intention to run for President in 2020

Elizabeth Warren announces the intention to run for President in 2020 - Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., gives her victory speech at a Democratic election watch party in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Vincent Schilling

Warren’s ‘Join the Fight’ message on diversity and fighting Wall Street goes viral on social media, as does her DNA test

On Monday morning, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that her camp would officially launch an exploratory committee for a potential 2020 presidential bid. She posted a YouTube video on her campaign website that compelled supporters to “Join the Fight” and that “America’s middle class is under attack.”

Within hours of her announcement, social media caught fire with the news with a flurry of commentary on both sides of the fence. Liberal organizations praised Warren’s claims to fight for the middle and lower classes and diversity, while others criticized her for her Native American DNA Test controversy.

In October, Elizabeth Warren responded to the critical comments from President Trump that she was not Native American, by submitting her DNA to be tested. Though Warren’s DNA test did show Native ancestry according to researchers, the backlash and criticisms were so severe, The New York Times reported some of her staff members called the decision a “strategic failure.”

After the announcement of the initial DNA results by Warren, which was followed by a backlash from the Native community and more specifically the Cherokee Nation, President Donald Trump even thanked the Cherokee for calling out Warren.

“Thank you to the Cherokee Nation for revealing that Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, is a complete and total Fraud!” tweeted Trump.

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NY Times reports Sen. Warren’s DNA test may have darkened Presidential ambitions

The New York Times continues to report on the blunder as a key factor that could after her Presidential bid. In this morning’s article Elizabeth Warren Announces She Is Running for President in 2020, Astead W. Herndon and Alexander Burns cite the following three factors that might hinder her run, one of them, listed first, being the DNA test:

Ms. Warren, 69, is among the best-known Democrats seeking to take on Mr. Trump, who has already announced his re-election campaign, but she also faces challenges: recent controversy over her claims to Native American heritage, skepticism from the party establishment and a lack of experience in a presidential race.

In the video on YouTube, which has the comments disabled, Warren talks about the diversity of America, yet does not address her Native ancestry claim. Warren also tweeted the video, stating:

“Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, & take care of themselves & the people they love. That’s what I’m fighting for, & that’s why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president. I need you with me.”

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Comments (10)
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I will never vote for warren. Under no circumstance would I vote for this person.


I do not fault Elizabeth Warren for believing stories of her heritage as told by her elders when she was a child, but I am sad that she felt the need to prove them true because of President Trump's mean-spirited and hurtful taunts. Senator Warren and others in public office have much to offer. I hope her message and the messages of other candidates who care about ALL Americans, will be heard above Trump's cruel tweets. His voice is loudest, because he holds the highest office in the land. But, he proves himself unworthy every time he demeans and diminishes the value of others.


There is no reason any true Native Person in this country should support warren, not even 1/2014th of her. She appropriated Indian America to get her education, and her career, under the guise of being the "First woman of color on staff". That's just plain dishonest. And she paid an unknown DNA ancestry site to come up with enough native south american blood to fill her left pinkies fingernail. Her first manicure cut off any 'native' blood she might have had. And it wasn't even Native North American, and if you know how that works, it was actually an unknown marker, so it got moved to the 'native south american' column, where most total unknowns end up if that what you are hoping to find. They can't legitimately put Native North American unless it matches a currently known DNA sample from a North American tribe. In other words, she lied, took away a real Native North Americans spot in college, and in her job. She begins the campaign a liar, that's not a good beginning for a politician. Typical, but not good. And why she is being touted here in Indian Country Today is baffling. She made a mockery of the Cherokee nation, and all nations for that matter. And her politics are so far from anything traditional or Native it is not worth bringing up. She is a privileged rich white woman charading as a native woman, pretending to stand up for the less fortunate, as she began her life stealing from the poor to make herself rich. And she will lose, no matter who she runs against. Don't pick another arrogant rich white woman to represent half the country, it failed miserably last time, now look what we have.


Elizabeth Warren never used her family's tradition of their having a Cherokee ancestor to gain acceptance into school, to win financial assistance for her education, or to get hired in any job. Nor was her recent decision to have her DNA tested intended to "prove" anything like membership in the Cherokee tribe. Donald Trump has spoken over and over again in a supremely offensive way by not only doubting Warren's family history but also making fun of her, in front of white audiences who needed little encouragement to laugh at anyone their cult-leader Trump tells them to laugh at. By way of experiment, we might ask those people who are told by their cult-leader to laugh at "Pocahontas" what they think of Native Americans' demands that the name of the Washington football team be changed. So now is this where Native American want to be, e.g. the Cherokee Nation, allies of the racist Donald Trump?, and providing him with campaign credentials?