I say it’s a bad move. She has to answer to him about her ancestry, to a guy who won’t release his own tax returns to the public. It’s someone tacky to me to prove one’s authenticity. It gives credence to the voice of criticism, rather than appeasing that voice. After all, this is the same man who wouldn’t accept a state-certified birth certificate, or the judgment of twelve jurors, or the findings of over half dozen investigations into the same controversy. The same man who poked at her by calling her Pocahontas.
Elizabeth Warren will play herself out. Her shine will fade right along with Trump’s when he’s out of office. She’s making her fame standing up to Trump and his rhetoric. That’s fine, it’s what everyone else is doing. But what will she have to show for it? What has she accomplished? What has she actually stopped him from doing?
Speaking of indigenous issues, where was Warren when Obama turned a blind eye to fracking, drilling, and piping on sovereign indigenous lands in the US? Where was her voice on the Senate floor when Congress abetted the White House in ignoring federal treaties with recognized tribes, and rejected “unrecognized” tribes on technicalities? Does she get a pass because she’s standing up to Trump about her own heritage, without actually doing a thing for the people of her shared heritage?
What about any of this, either way, is nothing less than a publicity stunt? Check your emails and see how quickly this issue compels the next fundraising request (Republican or Democrat)?