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Fauxcahontas update: Liz Warren goes off the rails

Democrats in Massachusetts are holding their convention this weekend, and they’ve got to decide if they’re ready to roll the dice on woman who either doesn’t know when to stop pushing a transparent lie, or is out of her mind.

Elizabeth Warren, who is zero percent Native American but has been making false claims of Cherokee ancestry for decades, finally snapped under the pressure of having the liberal Boston Globe frown at her, even as demands for an apology from the actual Cherokee grow more insistent.

In a phone interview with a Globe reporter on Thursday, Fauxcahontas doubled down:

“In the 1930s, when my parents got married, these were hard issues,” Warren said. “My father’s family so objected to my mother’s Native American heritage that my mother told me they had to elope.

“As kids, my brothers and I knew about that. We knew about the differences between our two families. And we knew how important my mother’s heritage was to her. This was real in my life. I can’t deny my heritage. I can’t and I won’t. That would be denying who my mother was, who my family was, how we lived, and I won’t do it.”

Asked what made her mother’s family distinctly Native American, Warren laughed and replied, “It was exactly what I said.” Asked again, she responded, “One side was Cherokee and the other side was Delaware. I never had any reason to doubt them. I never asked for any documentation. It’s who we were.”

(Emphasis mine.)   This tale is so deeply seared into her memory that she has never mentioned it before, just like she didn’t say a blessed word about her alleged Native American roots when the Globe interviewed her for a 3,000-word biography last February.

Michael Patrick Leahy, who has been doggedly following the Warren saga for Breitbart.com, quickly published the 1932 marriage certificate for Warren’s parents, Donald J. Herring and Pauline Reed.   It was originally posted last week at the “Polly’s Granddaughter” blog run by actual Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes.   It turns out Warren’s parents were married about 14 miles from their listed place of residence in Oklahoma, which was in the same county where Reed’s parents resided.   The wedding was performed by the pastor of a Methodist Episcopal Church.

Reed is identified as “white” on 1920 and 1930 U.S. Census records.   Barnes dug considerably deeper into Warren’s family tree, and found not the slightest evidence of Cherokee ancestry.   Even if Elizabeth Warren’s fanciful claims of “1/32 Cherokee ancestry” were true, she’s now claiming her mother was driven to flee 14 miles so she could marry a white man, due to unbearable prejudice leveled against her for being 1/16 Native American.   Furthermore, in her Globe interview, she claimed her Indian heritage changed “how we lived,” which implies the hardships endured long after that arduous half-hour journey… but, according to her own timeline, she forgot about all of this until well after she was hired by Harvard, and began advertising herself as Native American “in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group something that might happen with people who are like I am.”

Somehow, I doubt the real Cherokee are going to be delighted with these new developments.

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