Donald Trump’s schoolyard bully nicknames, which his supporters love while sane people are disgusted by the fact that a president of the United States continues to resort to such tactics, are a favorite strategy of his when cornered. On Friday morning, Trump tweeted his very racist nickname for Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pocahontas.”
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While Trump may be thrilled to see a new shakeup among Democrats over claims made in former DNC Chairperson Donna Brazile’s book that the Democratic primaries were rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton, the rest of us are focused on the arrests and guilty pleas of the campaign staff of the current president. Scandals are one thing, criminal charges are another.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the aforementioned “Pocahontas” of Trump’s little rage rant, fired back with a tweet of her own reminding Trump that some scandals are far more damning than others.
Trump may be fine interchanging the name “Pocahontas” with “Native American,” but most Americans are not. The name stems from an award that Warren received as a professor at Penn State that identified her as a minority. Although Warren did not apply for her position at the university as a minority (she didn’t apply at all, she was recruited by the school for a teaching position), and she checked the “white” box on employee documents to identify her race, Warren did not decline the award she won because of her family’s narrative history of Native American heritage.
While the fake “scandal” was overblown by Scott Brown, whom Warren won against for her congressional seat, into stories of how Warren used a false claim of Native American heritage to be awarded scholarships and jobs to which she was not entitled, the story was long ago debunked.
‘The Globe obtained a portion of Warren’s application to Rutgers, which asks if prospective students want to apply for admission under the school’s Program for Minority Group Students. Warren answered “no.”For her employment documents at the University of Texas, Warren indicated that she was “white.”
‘But Penn’s 2005 Minority Equity Report identified her as the recipient of a 1994 faculty award, listing her name in bold to signify that she was a minority.
‘The Herald has twice quoted Charles Fried, the head of the Harvard appointing committee that recommended Warren for her position in 1995, saying that the Democratic candidate’s heritage didn’t come up during the course of her hiring. “It simply played no role in the appointments process,” he said. “It was not mentioned and I didn’t mention it to the faculty.”
‘The Herald later quoted Fried, a former U.S. Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan, saying, “I can state categorically that the subject of her Native American ancestry never once was mentioned.”’
Fact checks mean very little to a desperate, grasping Donald Trump, however. Any scandal he can latch onto at this point is good enough for him, especially considering the deep and illegal scandals his campaign staff and administration faces right now.
While many of Warren’s supporters were delighted by her quick response to Trump’s childish insults, many more were angered by her statements to the press on Thursday supporting the allegations that the Democratic primary election was rigged for Hillary Clinton.
— David C. (@davidalancrow) November 3, 2017