WASHINGTON, — The latest revelations to surface regarding Elizabeth Warren’s falsely claiming Native American status have essentially ruined her chances at becoming the DNC’s nominee for 2020, say political analysts.
Warren, who gained notoriety several years ago when it was revealed that she’d claimed Native American status in a faculty directory at Harvard Law School, also claimed to be “American Indian” on a handwritten registration card for the State Bar of Texas according to records uncovered by The Washington Post.
The news forced Warren to issue a public apology and to apologize to Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker last week by way of a private phone call.
“I can’t go back,” Warren told the Post. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”
Despite Warren’s apologies, it appears the damage to the Massachusetts Senator’s already damaged political image is now irreversible.
“The Texas bar registration card is significant, among other reasons, because it removes any doubt that Warren directly claimed the identity. In other instances, Warren has declined to say whether she or an assistant filled out forms,” the Post states.
In an op-ed for the Boston Globe, political analyst Joan Vennochi says Warren’s aspirations for a 2020 presidential run are now null and void.
“Warren was personally claiming status she shouldn’t have been claiming. Since then, she hasn’t been fully honest about what she did or why. Her mishandling of it is now part of her political DNA and apologies won’t change it,” Vennochi writes.
“To those who would argue that harping on it is like harping on Hillary Clinton’s e-mail: The press can dwell on it or ignore it. It doesn’t matter,” Vennochi continued. “It’s going to hurt Warren, not just with independents she would have to woo in a general election, but within her own party.”