'Isn't This Cultural Appropriation?': 'Outnumbered' on Warren Claiming 'American Indian' Heritage on 1986 Form
The "Outnumbered" panel on Wednesday weighed in on the latest developments in Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage controversy.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Warren (D-Mass.) indicated that her race was "American Indian" in a handwritten registration form filed in 1986 with the Texas State Bar. The revelation is the first known instance of Warren claiming Native American ancestry in an official document or in her own handwriting.
Warren has been accused by Republicans, including President Trump, of claiming Native American heritage to bolster her academic career.
In October, Warren released a DNA test that revealed "strong evidence" the Massachusetts senator has a Native American ancestor dating back six to ten generations, which would make her between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.
Last week, Warren apologized to the Cherokee Nation for taking the DNA test in an attempt to prove her ancestry claims, and on Tuesday, she again more broadly apologized for identifying as Native American "for almost two decades," according to The Post.
"Outnumbered" co-host Melissa Francis said it's difficult to give Warren the benefit of the doubt when she claims that she did not use her ancestry claims to advance her academic career.
Katie Pavlich wondered how this will affect the Democratic presidential primary, as the candidates are running to oppose Trump, and the president has been one of Warren's biggest critics, infamously mocking her as "Pocahontas."
"Trump goaded her into this," Pavlich said. "He's the one that dared her to take a DNA test. ... How does this play in a primary that is based a lot on identity politics. Isn't this cultural appropriation?"
Leslie Marshall predicted that this controversy will not affect Warren's standing among Democratic primary voters, but despite that, she does not believe that Warren will secure the nomination.
"So why stay in it at this point?" Harris Faulkner asked.
Marshall said presidential candidates get free air time and a spotlight, and after the race they can often get television deals, book deals and so on.
Watch the "Outnumbered" discussion above.