WARREN DOUBLES DOWN: Sen. Warren SLAMS Trump, CLAIMS Native American Heritage

WARREN DOUBLES DOWN: Sen. Warren SLAMS Trump, CLAIMS Native American Heritage

Warren described the love they shared and the struggles they endured and that story "will always be a part of me". "And I promise I will fight to help write a different story".

Trump wasn't the only one to poke fun at Warren's self identification. "So I figured, let's talk about Pocahontas", Warren told a crowd of over 500 tribal members from across the United States.

"The joke, I guess, is supposed to be on me", she went on.

"Washington owes you respect", she said. "You won't find my family members on any rolls, and I'm not enrolled in a tribe". She said she "never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career", she added, which was something we heard many times during her nascent Senate campaign - despite having listed herself as a minority in professional directories.

During her speech Wednesday, Warren also pivoted to "talk about Pocahontas" - and then told the story of "Pocahontas's real journey". Scott Brown to claim the seat once held by the late Democratic Sen.

In her first formal speech before the group, Warren pledged to support Native American issues and planned stronger outreach to tribes.

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Despite her condemnation, Warren spoke at a "Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey" dinner for Connecticut Democrats in 2015. "We appreciate her candor, humility and honesty, and look forward to working with her as a champion for Indian Country". Despite conservative claims that she exploited race-based affirmative action to be hired at Harvard Law School, the evidence is clear that Warren never gained any professional advantage from her claimed heritage.

If Warren believed she deserved Native American status when she started checking the minority box in 1986, "why did she stop claiming minority status once she made it to the Ivy League in the 1990s?"

What was missing from Warren's repackaged address was accountability for listing herself as a minority in a top law directory for almost a decade, despite admitting she's "not enrolled in any tribe".

She said her mother was born on Valentine's Day 1912 in Oklahoma, and when she met Warren's father, "my daddy fell head over heels in love with her".

The family dispute was "something my brothers and I grew up with". On one occasion, he even used the slur in the Oval Office during a ceremony honoring Native America veterans. In fact, much of it is straight from her 2012 playbook. "And, for nearly as long, her story has been taken away by powerful people who twisted it to serve their own purposes". Warren also criticized popular depictions of Pocahontas' relationship with English settler John Smith as misleading and damaging to Indian histories.

In November, Native American activist Rebecca Nagle called Warren out for her false claims of Native American ancestry in a Think Progress op-ed titled "I Am A Cherokee Woman". "But the kind of violence President Jackson and his allies perpetrated isn't just an ugly chapter in a history book".

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