Appearing in Brookline, Massachusetts for a Senate campaign event, Elizabeth Warren stonewalled questions about her supposed Cherokee ancestry. She has maintained that she does have Cherokee ancestry despite all evidence to the contrary.
This was her first public appearance in a week. She was accosted by a reporter, and consistently attempted to redirect the questioner to another topic.
REPORTER: Elizabeth, can you put this issue to bed and tell us whether or not you are in fact a member of a minority group?
Warren stutters for a moment, then answers:
WARREN: Middle class families are getting hammered. I’ve been out talking to people about this all across the commonwealth. And what they care about is what Washington is going to do about that. My Republican opponent has made it clear what he will do -
REPORTER: Members of the Cherokee nation want to know. They say you should come clean.
WARREN: I have made the facts clear, and what I’m trying to do is talk about in this Senate race what matters to America’s families, what matters to the families of the Commonwealth of the Massachusetts. Scott Brown has hammered on my family at the same time that now middle class families are also getting hammered. This is the issue, and it’s my job in this campaign to talk about this issue. This is what matters -
REPORTER: Well, why did you claim you were a minority, and then stop?
UNIDENTIFIED MAN (gesturing to reporter): I can’t stop her when she’s in this sequence.
REPORTER: Why did you claim you were a minority, and then stop?
WARREN: I have told you. I have answered these questions. I am going to talk about what’s happening to America’s families. It’s what people across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts tell me is important to them, and it’s what I’m going to continue to do.
REPORTER: Don’t you think it’s an important issue to address?
WARREN: I have talked about the issues that are most important to the families of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The families themselves have made this clear. I have answered the questions about my background, about my family, and I am talking about what matters to the people of Massachusetts. They have said what they care about is that middle class families are getting hammered. This election will be decided based on whose side you stand on. Scott Brown has hammered those families harder, he just voted to double the interest rate on student loans, and I have worked for middle class families for all of my life. I’ve spent the last thirty years out there advocating on behalf of America’s middle class. And that’s what I’m going to talk about.
REPORTER: You’re not answering the question.
Warren continues to refuse to answer the question. This is a very simple question. And Warren refused to give any answer at all.