Elizabeth Warren

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Elizabeth Warren is a former academic and the Democratic Senator representing Massachusetts, the spirit of America. She won the 2012 election against Republican incumbent Scott Brown.


She helped create the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. President Barack Obama tried to appoint her to chair the position but her appointment was blocked by the Senate. Unfortunately for her and all American consumers, they have effectively lost the ability to sue companies following the passage of a law that grants the latter immunity.[1] She continues to shame corrupt corporate leaders who put profits before people. However, given the current political situation, she may not be able to achieve much. She deserves credit for trying, though.

She is currently a very popular author and guest speaker among those who are outraged by the federally-funded bailouts of large banks. Hillary Clinton wishes she could be as popular as Warren is right now.[citation NOT needed]

The right has branded Warren a promoter of "class warfare" because she has the nerve to point out that income inequality is a serious issue facing the country today.[citation needed]

Warren has worked across the aisle with Republicans on legislation pertaining to marijuana, National Guards pay and predatory lending.[2]

Support for Clinton[edit]

Many progressives hoped that Clinton would choose Warren as part of her unity ticket in order to bring the grassroots into her campaign; instead, she underestimated the loyalty of old, white social conservatives to the Republican Party and so went with one of those guys instead ("balanced ticket" and all that).[3]

Senator Warren answered in the affirmative when asked if the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged.[4] She later amended her opinion on the matter "suggesting instead that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) showed some bias but that the selection process had been fair."[5]

"Pocahontas" controversy[edit]

Warren repeatedly claimed to be of Cherokee descent. There is the distinct possibility that Warren may be as much as 1/64 Cherokee, but even FactCheck.org cannot provide supporting evidence of this claim.[6] During her career at Harvard, the university often boasted of its diverse faculty including mentioning Warren among its list of minority professors with other people of color. Prior to her career at Harvard, Warren provided information that suggested she was a minority for the Association of American Law Schools directory of professors of law.[6] This claim spilled over into her run for the United States Senate in 2012. Warren's high cheekbones, along with her grandfather's same feature, was proffered as supporting evidence by Warren herself.

On October 15, 2018,[7] Warren released a DNA test done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a professor of Biomedical Data Science and Genetics at Stanford University.[8] According to Bustamante,[9] the test results "strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor in the individual's pedigree, likely in the range of 6-10 generations ago", so that Warren is about 1/1024th to 1/64th Native American. Cherokee Nation eventually condemned Warren, stating "A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America."[10] Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. stated "using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong."[11]

Trolling Trump[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Donald Trump

During the 2016 campaign season, when he was running for president, Trump frequently slammed Warren as a high-profile Clinton donor. He called her "Pocahontas" – an ethnic slur based on a 2012 manufactured controversy over Warren's alleged Native American heritage. Warren didn't do herself any favors, and instead resorted to the embarrassing "high cheekbones" line to claim Native heritage. Naturally, this provided ample political cannon-fodder to the GOP, and used it throughout his 2016 campaign.[12] Due to a fear that Warren may emerge as the new face of the Democratic Party, Trump upped the ante against Warren.[13]

2020 Presidential Run[edit]

On December 31, 2018, Warren announced an exploratory committee for President.[14] As very few other people of note have announced candidacies, it remains to be seen how she will do.

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