When Elizabeth Warren's "Aunt Bea," Bess A. Reed Veneck, died in 1999 at the age of 98, Ms. Warren was listed as the "informant" on the death certificate that identified Aunt Bea as White. Line 14 of the death certificate allowed the informant to specificy the race of the deceased. Presented with the option of selecting "American Indian," "Black," or "White," Ms. Warren chose to identify Aunt Bea's race as White.
Thirteen years later, Ms. Warren was telling a different story about Aunt Bea's heritage. Television cameras caught her spinning this tale in early May, 2012:
"My Aunt Bea has walked by that picture [of her father] at least a thousand times, remarked that her father, my papaw, had high cheekbones like all of the Indians do because that's how she saw it and she said and your mother got those same great cheekbones and I didn't. She thought that was the bad deal she had gotten in life."
Additional evidence confirming that Bess A. Veneck is Aunt Bea comes from the December 5, 1997 obituary of Donald J. Herring, Elizabeth Warren's father, in the Daily Oklahoman that listed "sister-in-law, Bess A. Veneck of OKC" as a survivor.
Ms. Barnes also recently uncovered evidence showing that Ms. Warren's mother,Pauline Reed Herring (sister to Bess A. Reed Veneck) was listed in the 1940 census as White, not American Indian.
Ms. Warren's mother was White in 1940, her Aunt Bea was White in 1999, but by 2012 Aunt Bea had become Indian in Elizabeth Warren's eyes. That's what you call real transformation.
Michael Patrick Leahy is a Breitbart News contributor, Editor of Broadside Books’ Voices of the Tea Party e-book series, and author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.