President Donald Trump trades on identity politics, and that is what he’s doing with Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Though the angle is different, it’s reminiscent of his earlier remarks about Barack Obama’s birth certificate. In both cases, Trump is using their identities against them.
You can tell at this point that Warren has had practice answering questions about her claims of Native American heritage because the Massachusetts Democrat been replying the same way for years.
Six years ago, when Warren first faced questions about her heritage and the accusation — which she has repeatedly denied — that she may have traded on having Native American ancestry for career advancement, she answered pretty much exactly the same way she answers now.
Here’s what Warren said in a TV ad released by her Senate campaign in 2012, when her opponent, then-Sen. Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican, was raising the issue and demanding she release proof, somehow, of her Native American roots. It was among his main lines of attack against her.
“As a kid, I never asked my mom for documentation when she talked about our Native American heritage. What kid would? But I knew my father’s family didn’t like that she was part Cherokee and part Delaware, so they had to elope.