Elizabeth Warren in Iowa: 'I am not a person of color'

07 January, 2019, 06:46 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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When Elizabeth Warren walks into a gray-walled event space in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday evening, she will effectively kick off a presidential primary contest that is already making Democrats' heads spin. I am in this fight for working families. Elizabeth Warren risked political backlash here by opting to avoid a trip to Iowa during the critical midterm elections - the only major potential 2020 candidate to do so.

The test the Democratic senator released in October found that she's between 1/64 and 1/1024 American Indian.

Warren's travels will continue with an event Saturday night in the state capital of Des Moines, followed by a meeting with female leaders on Sunday in the rapidly growing suburb of Ankeny.

Trump needled Warren again on Thursday for claiming she is of Native American heritage.

Warren made her Iowa debut calling for economic fairness in front of a cheering crowd of Iowa and Nebraska Democrats at a Council Bluffs, Iowa, bowling alley. I'm not a citizen of a tribe.

"I went down to the border and I saw the children that had been taken away from their parents", she said.

The exploratory committee's website even went so far as to imply questioning Warren's claims was "racist" to Native Americans in general, even though Warren herself has used age-old racist stereotypes about Native Americans - that they have "high cheekbones" - as "proof" of her lineage, and took part in compiling a cookbook called "Pow Wow Chow", supposedly to honor her family's Cherokee ancestors. She's certainly not the last candidate they'll be hearing from.

'Tribes - and only tribes - determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference'.

She then shifted back to her core message: "What I can do is I can be in this fight for all of our families".


Warren said that she initially claimed Native American ancestry because she grew up in Oklahoma, where many people trace their roots to indigenous cultures. In the video, Warren attempts to appear folksy as she tells viewers, "Hold on a sec, I'm gonna get me, um, a beer".

He added, "The Republican Party of Iowa welcomes Republicans from across the country to come and visit our state and talk to our grassroots voters, but we are 100 percent behind President Donald Trump and will work tirelessly to re-elect him in 2020".

"Why did you undergo the DNA testing and give Donald Trump more fodder to be a bully?" the voter asked at the Sioux City event.

Rospars is one of the most prominent digital strategists in the Democratic Party and is poised to be a significant asset to Warren heading into a primary season that is expected to be heavily defined online. "This is my sweetie", she said as he wondered into shot.

The trip was the MA senator's first public appearance since announcing her consideration of entering the 2020 race, save for speaking to the media outside her home following the announcement. We'll look at the pros and cons of the politicians candidacy, his or her record on LGBTQ issues and the odds of their campaign's success.

LEGGIO: I think there's a lot of men out there that would never vote for a woman.

Iowan Nicki Johnson, sporting a "Nevertheless, She Persisted" t-shirt, said she was undecided, but she too praised Warren for her conspicuous decision to not assail Trump. I just wanted to ask you whether the Democratic voters there seem excited about what's - what is to come. "I don't have any power to do that", Warren continued, to which another audience member shouted out, "Yes you do!"

Warren also has some other issues. And some say they're impressed with how she's taken on the banking industry.

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