The sun rises in the East. Dogs chase cats. Politicians lie. These are some of the universal truths of our existence.
We have grown used to the falsehoods flowing forth from Washington and beyond, and we take everything that our public servants say with a heaping dose of salt. We know that they care only for our votes, and will rely on the media to help erode any falsehoods that may have slipped into their stump speeches.
For some, however, the mistruths are more damning. More dangerous. And Senator Elizabeth Warren can’t understand why anyone would vote for a known liar.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Sunday openly wondered why the American people would support a presidential candidate who “lies to them,” failing to address the long list of falsities she has promoted over the years.
CBS News reporter Zak Hudak asked Warren if it is “disqualifying for a presidential candidate to lie to the American public about anything.”
“I would think that it — you know, how could the American people want someone who lies to them?” Warren asked. “I think that we just do our best out there every day, and I hope that’s what happens with everyone”…
Here’s where things get tricky for the Massachusetts Congresswoman:
On Sunday, the New York Times endorsed Warren, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), praising the Massachusetts senator as a “gifted storyteller.” That much, as Warren has demonstrated throughout the years, is true. She has a documented history of fabricating her past and positions, particularly on the campaign trail.
Most famously, Warren falsely claimed Native American heritage for years, identifying as a Native American on her Texas Bar registration card and identifying as a minority at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Harvard Law School. She also told a reporter in 2012 that she had “plenty of pictures” proving her claims of Native American ancestry but refused to show them. She only relented after a DNA test revealed that she, at best, had 1/64th Native lineage and, at worst, 1/1,024th. The results effectively ended her claims of Cherokee heritage, specifically.
“I shouldn’t have done it. I am not a person of color. I am not a citizen of a tribe,” Warren said during a New Hampshire town hall in December.
Democratic voters will now be left to decide whether or not Warren’s recent statement regarding the importance of the truth was simply an oblivious and ill-considered retort, or if the top tier 2020 candidate is really trying to convince the nation that she is some beacon of political honesty.
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