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Thread #165066   Message #3957193
Posted By: Joe Offer
17-Oct-18 - 06:35 PM
Thread Name: BS: White Man Trump Speaks With Forked Tongue
Subject: RE: BS: White Man Trump Speaks With Forked Tongue
Here's how Warren tells the story: "My daddy always said he fell head over heels in love with my mother the first time he saw her. But my daddy’s parents, the Herrings, were bitterly opposed to their marrying because my mother’s family, the Reeds, was part Native American. This sort of discrimination was common at the time. So when my momma was 19 and my daddy was 20, they eloped. And together they built a family, my three older brothers and me."

It's a nice family story, and Warren no doubt tells it to show she comes from a normal background with normal family problems. There's a story about the "schism" in my family because my Irish aunt's brother married an Italian, and my aunt wouldn't let her husband and children have anything to do us in the family who had contact with that Italian woman, who was a friend of my mother. So, I didn't see my cousins from the time I was two until I was 60 and my cousins broke their mother's taboo. Some people discriminate, but I prefer to associate with people who don't buy into discrimination. And it's nice to get to know my cousins after all those years of separation.

Warren didn't make a big deal about having an ancestor who was Native American - she just talked about it sometimes because it was a good, folksy story to tell. That is, until Trump came on the scene, and found a way to capitalize on the story by calling her "Pocahontas" - telling the story over and over again, even to a group of Navajo code talkers. And then, in another mocking speech, he offered a million-dollar donation to charity if Warren would take a DNA test to determine if she had any Native American ancestry.

There are some who are trying to say Warren insulted Native Americans by taking Trump up on his dare, but that's downright silly. Warren wasn't trying to claim membership in a tribe or collect tribal benefits or take advantage of minority status. Nothing like that at all. She was just trying to silence Trump and his insults, which were insulting to Warren, to women, and to Native Americans. As shown in his mocking comments about Christine Blasey Ford, Trump likes to insult women, and his "deplorable" followers eat it up.

So, don't put the blame on Senator Elizabeth Warren. Put the blame where it belongs - on Donald Trump, who is an embarrassment to the nation.