Senator Elizabeth Warren has conducted a very complicated dance around her false claims of being an American Indian.
She's done this by...
1. Insisting she was just repeating a family legend
2. Had made no real claim to be be an American Indian
3. Had not used this to advance her career, but had only mentioned it in retrospect for networking
Now her Texas bar registration shoots that claim to a thousand pieces
Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren indicated that her race was "American Indian" in a handwritten registration form filed in 1986 with the Texas State Bar, according to a new report on Tuesday that documents the presidential hopeful's efforts to identify as a minority during her earliest days as a law professor.
The revelation, initially reported by The Washington Post, is the first known instance of Warren claiming Native American ancestry in an official document or in her own handwriting. It threatened to add more ammunition to already-frequent attacks by Republicans, including President Trump, deriding Warren for claiming such ancestry to bolster her academic career.
Warren's office, questioned by The Post, did not dispute the authenticity of the bar card.
I doubt this is the most damning instance of it. But it's one that the Warren campaign and the Washington Post thought might be made public, hence the preemptive damage control right before the State of the Union.
What this establishes though is that Warren quite clearly claimed to be an American Indian. That she did so falsely, promoting herself as a minority, when she was not.
This is not her old, somewhat defensible claim, of having ancestry somewhere down the line. This is a claim that she is an American Indian. It's a claim every bit as cynical and dishonest as Rachel Dolezal claiming to be black or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez claiming Jewish ancestry. And it puts the lie to her previous claims and defenses.