Elizabeth Warren Mocked For ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’’ Tweet

Twitter users and media members alike were quick to point out the tone-deaf nature of Elizabeth Warren’s tweet in support of Indigenous People’s Day.

While the vast majority of Americans did not know October 11 was set aside in support of indigenous people, Warren spoke out on the topic anyway. Her tweet reads, “we celebrate the remarkable contributions, cultures, & resilience of tribal nations & Native communities. And we recognize that the federal government must honor its promises to Native peoples & respect Tribal sovereignty & self-determination.”

While the wording, in and of itself, is innocuous, it is an old controversy that came to a head in 2018 that really got people to mock Warren for the tweet.

Warren’s ancestry first became a political issue in 2012 when people began to question whether or not she received any benefit from claiming Native American heritage. It was revealed in 1986 that Warren wrote, on a registration card for the State Bar of Texas, that she was “American Indian.” If you look at the tweet below you can clearly see where Warren claimed her race was “American Indian,” and this tweet has never been refuted or questioned by Warren.

In 2018, when it was clear she would be running for President against Donald Trump, the issue came to light again. This time, in typical Trump fashion, he took the controversy to a different level.

During a rally in July 2018, Trump began calling Warren “Pocahontas” and challenged her to take a DNA test to prove whether or not she had Native American ancestry. The challenge escalated when Trump offered to give $1 million to charity if the DNA test showed she had Native American blood.

According to FactCheck.org, “Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a genetic test showing she has a small but detectable amount of Native American DNA. The report concluded there is “strong evidence” she had a Native American ancestor approximately six to 10 generations ago. But many have misconstrued the results — including President Donald Trump, who wrongly claimed Warren “doesn’t have any Indian blood.”

Trump responded by calling the test “bogus” and said that the results show that Warren has less Native American DNA than the average American.

Warren’s choice to tweet out support for Indigenous People’s Day was more than questionable considering how few people know that the day even exists and how many people remember the nickname given to her by President Trump: “Pocohantas.”