The following is an excerpt from Adam Howard | May 16, 2016 | msnbc.com |
Senator Elizabeth Warren, the progressive icon who has been repeatedly named as a potential 2016 Democratic vice presidential pick, and Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, have been engaged in a war of words that has grown increasingly personal and racially charged.
After a recent barrage of criticisms from the Massachusetts lawmaker, Trump, who has taken to derisively calling Warren “goofy,” resurrected a line of attack that may only be familiar to people who closely followed her bitter 2012 U.S. Senate race against then-incumbent and current Trump supporter, Republican Scott Brown. When asked about Warren’s description of him as a “bully,” Trump told the New York Times, “You mean Pocahontas?”
“I think it’s wonderful because the Indians can now partake in the future of the country. She’s got about as much Indian blood as I have. Her whole life was based on a fraud. She got into Harvard and all that because she said she was a minority,” he added.
These remarks — which comes on the heels of several recent, mocking tweets from the Republican presidential candidate — allude to a controversy that emerged during Warren’s contentious 2012 Senate run. During that campaign it was revealed that Warren had listed herself as a minority while working as a faculty member at both the University of Pennsylvania Law School and at Harvard Law School in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Warren has long insisted that she believed she had Cherokee Indian ancestors, while critics have alleged that the Massachusetts lawmaker sought an unfair advantage by exploiting unsubstantiated ethnic roots. Both schools have denied that race was a factor in her hiring.
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