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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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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