Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) may want to stay off social media next year when Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Columbus Day rolls around. Her attempt to recognize the event met with a stinging backlash that reverberated across the internet.
On Monday morning, Warren posted that on this day, “we celebrate the contributions, the extraordinary resilience, and the rich cultures of tribal nations and Native communities.”
She added that the federal government must recommit itself to “honoring its promises to Native peoples.”
This hardly sat well with critics of the progressive senator, who quickly harkened back to the furor over her attempts to justify identifying as Native American. The DNA test Warren infamously took to quell the controversy showed a full 1/1024 of her ancestry was Native American.
The internet was not kind.
Elizabeth Warren mocked for 'Indigenous People's Day' tweet: ‘You just might want to sit this one out’ https://t.co/sShXnkAPg5
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 11, 2022
Podcast host Gerry Callahan urged the senator to “hide your pale face in shame” and alleged that no American alive today has taken more from Native peoples.
Another critic referred to her as “Senator 1/1024” and wished a Happy “steal-all-benefits-meant-for-real-natives day.”
Yet another compared her tweet to John Dillinger lauding a bank holiday.
Townhall.com managing editor Spencer Brown urged followers to “imagine being Elizabeth Warren and thinking you can still virtue signal on this.”
Center for American Liberty founder Harmeet K. Dhillon posted that “you just might want to sit this one out.” This proved to be a sentiment shared by many.
Warren’s notoriety on the Native American issue is long and well-deserved. She claimed to have Indigenous heritage while teaching at Harvard Law School and once declared herself to be the “first woman of color” to hold that position.
Also, while at Harvard, she was recorded as having minority status in an Association of American Law Schools directory.
In 2019, she apologized to the Cherokee Nation for asserting that she was a member of their tribe.
Several critics were spot on, but perhaps no one had better advice than Dhillon in the admonition to “sit this one out.” This year would have been a great time to start.