by Frank Holmes, reporter
Democrat insiders are privately admitting that Senator Elizabeth Warren may have torpedoed her own 2020 presidential campaign – with one stupid move triggered by her hatred of President Donald Trump.
Strategists, analysts, and even members of her own team say that Warren humiliated herself when she took a DNA test attempting to prove she really is part Cherokee.
And voters aren’t happy.
Trump had gotten under her skin by calling her “Pocahontas,” a riff based on her dubious claim that she has American Indian heritage. Warren touted that status—and may have used it to get hired and promoted — while a Harvard Law professor. She even contributed a recipe to a cook book of traditional food, called Pow Wow Chow.
She was all-in. But the jury was out.
So, the Massachusetts senator released a video of her DNA test, which revealed she is perhaps 1/2024 American Indian. That’s actually less than the average American.
To make matters worse the man who performed the test, Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante, didn’t even compare her DNA to American Indians but used samples taken from natives of Mexico, Peru, and Colombia.
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She meant for the test to slam dunk on Trump, but it blew up in her face — and may have doomed her chances to run against him in two years.
Even her inner circle is freaking out over her embarrassing charade.
The New York Times reports that “three people close to senior members of Ms. Warren’s team, who were granted anonymity to speak freely on the issue,” unleashed on Warren.
The three said the senator’s decision to take the DNA test was “depressing and unforgettable,” a “strategic failure” that left them “shocked” and “rattled.”
Jennifer Epps-Addison, who leads a liberal group close to Warren, said “she needs a reconciliation” with minorities after the test showed she isn’t one.
The Times added that Warren’s gaffe has already made Democrats shaky about working on her 2020 campaign… if there is one.
The ultra-liberal media in Warren’s hometown also turned on her.
Boston Herald reporter Kimberly Atkins said on “Meet the Press” that “Elizabeth Warren’s biggest problem is people are already getting tired of her” – and part of the reason is “the pushback that she got after that terrible DNA rollout.”
Meanwhile, the Boston Globe ran an editorial telling the senator not to throw her hat in the ring. “Warren missed her moment in 2016, and there’s reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020,” it said.
It’s not just Boston-area journalism and political leaders who say Warren should sit out the presidential stakes in 2020. There’s been a national backlash against the former frontrunner for having such ridiculously poor judgment — even in the liberal media.
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CNN’s Chris Cillizza of CNN said that the DNA test alone “has forced her allies to consider more drastic methods to take the issue off the table.”
“Rather than get the issue off the table in advance of the start of the 2020 campaign, she had pushed her heritage (and the questions around it) into the national spotlight” and “made herself an incredibly ripe target for the President of the United States,” he said.
After the DNA video any donor, campaign manager, or voter would probably want to find another candidate, he said.
The stunt also strained her relations with actual, real American Indian leaders.
The Cherokee Nation’s secretary of state 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. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven.”
“Senator Elizabeth Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” the Cherokee official, Chuck Hoskin Jr., added.
Simon Moya-Smith, a left-wing member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, also blasted Warren’s grandstanding.
When it rains, it pours. Now, average Democratic voters are deserting Warren in droves.
One in four voters said the DNA test made them think less of Warren, according to a Politico poll.
A more recent poll that asked Democrats to choose a 2020 presidential candidate had Warren coming in fifth, behind Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and losing Texas senator candidate Beto O’Rourke.
To add insult to injury, the poll was conducted by Harvard.
The presidential nomination in 2020, which she thought she had in her grasp, is slipping away.
Warren’s presidential prospects were already poised to take a hit if former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick also runs for president. Barack Obama’s advisors have already met with and begun grooming Patrick, the former president’s close friend.
But her DNA implosion was a self-inflicted wound… and maybe a fatal one.
— Frank Holmes is a reporter for The Horn News. He is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”