Elizabeth Warren Addresses Heritage Claims, Blasts Trump For Andrew Jackson Portrait

Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a surprise appearance before the National Congress of American Indians on Wednesday, delivering a speech that addressed her claims to Native American heritage — while also taking shots at President Donald Trump. According to a transcript of the speech obtained by the Boston Globe, Warren reaffirmed her claims that she is part Cherokee — claims that have drawn ire from her critics on the right and earned her a nickname of “Pocahontas” from Trump. “My mother’s family was part Native American,” she said. “And my daddy’s parents were bitterly opposed to their relationship. So, in 1932, when Mother was 19 and Daddy had just turned 20, they eloped.” “The story they lived will always be a part of me. And no one — not even the president of the United States — will ever take that part of me away.” She also shot at claims that she used her ancestry to get ahead in her career, as she listed herself as a “minority” in Harvard Law School’s directory: “I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead,” she said. “I never used it to advance my career.” Warren has been a particular subject of derision for the president, who has mocked the senior Massachusetts senator as “goofy,” on top of the Native American ancestry jibes. Back in November, at a White House event honoring Native American code talkers, Trump made the “Pocahontas” joke to WW2 veterans partaking in the ceremony, as a portrait of famed Indian slayer Andrew Jackson loomed in the background. “It is deeply offensive that this president keeps a portrait of Andrew Jackson hanging in the Oval Office, honoring a man who did his best to wipe out Native people,” Warren said in her speech. Read a full transcript of her speech here. [image via screengrab] — Follow Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) on Twitter

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