Using evidence first reported by Breibart News five and a half years ago, The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah destroyed Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) false claims of Native American ancestry on his program Tuesday evening.
Noah offered his comments after President Trump once again referred to Warren as “Pocahontas” at an event honoring Native American code talkers at the White House on Monday.
“When he says ‘Pocahontas,’ you might be thinking, ‘Trevor, I’m confused. Is Elizabeth Warren Native American?’And you see, that’s the question. Because for a long time, she said she was,” Noah said on his program, which was followed by three video clips of earlier news reports.
“Warren came under fire in 2012 for claiming, without any proof, to have Native American heritage,” a reporter said in a video clip from ABC News.
“From 1986 to 1995, she listed herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools directory,” a reporter said in a video clip from Fox News
“In fact when Warren was a Harvard Law professor, the university was criticized for not having enough diversity on the faculty, so the school defended itself by touting Warren’s lineage,” a reporter said in another video clip from Fox News.
“Wow. How white is your college that when you get called out for being too white, your response is, ‘Nuh-uh, we’ve got her!’” Noah said, adding:
The way Warren tells the story, it’s been part of her family lore for decades that they have some native American ancestry. While listing it in the law school directly might have hypothically helped her career, there’s no hard evidence that Warren used it to get any jobs. Though it’s not like she got no benefits out of it.”
“In 1984, Elizabeth Warren contributed recipes to a Native American cookbook called Pow Wow Chow, claiming she was Cherokee,” a reporter said in a Fox News video clip that followed.
Breitbart News broke the story in May 2012 that Elizabeth Warren, identifying herself as “Cherokee,” contributed several recipes to the cookbook edited by her cousin, Mrs. James P. Rowsey, Pow Wow Chow: A Collection of Recipes from Families of the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek & Seminole.
“The recipes Warren submitted included ‘Cold Omelets with Crab Meat,’ and ‘Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing.’ According to Boston talk radio king Howie Carr’s research, those recipes appear to have been plagiarized,” as Breitbart News reported:
The two recipes, “Cold Omelets with Crab Meat” and “Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing,” appear in an article titled “Cold Omelets with Crab Meat,” written by Pierre Franey of the New York Times News Service that was published in the August 22, 1979 edition of the Virgin Islands Daily News, a copy of which can be seen here.
Ms. Warren’s 1984 recipe for Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing is a word-for-word copy of Mr. Franey’s 1979 recipe.
On the screen at the end of the Daily Show segment, the Pow Wow Chow cookbook appeared, and Noah closed with this:
Wow, ok, if you’re contributing recipes to a book called Pow Wow Chow, you better be comfortable in your Native American identity. The problem is, in 2012, the New England Historical Geneaological Society looked into it. And they found no proof of Warren having Native American lineage. Which is problematic, because she wrote for Pow Wow Chow.
I mean, that would be like finding out I’m completely white, I have no African blood, and yet I wrote the book Snacks For Blacks . . .
He’s hitting Elizabeth Warren for saying she’s Native American when she wasn’t, something she’s never apologized for or owned up to.
You can watch the full video clip here:
Noah also suggested that Warren’s false claim of Native American ancestry did not break a law, but that may not be the case. Relying upon her representations, Harvard Law School submitted reports to the EEOC that apparently used data that included her false representations, which could potentially be a violation of federal law.
As for the assertion by Warren that her claims of Native American ancestry had no influence on Harvard Law School’s decision to hire her in the 1990s, David French, who attended Harvard Law School while Elizabeth Warren taught there as a visiting professor in 1993, sees it differently, as he wrote at National Review on Tuesday:
I remember it vividly. I was there [at Harvard Law School]. I arrived on campus in the fall of 1991, just after Bell left, and liberal activists were seething with outrage. They were demanding new hires, and the place almost boiled over when the school granted tenure to four white men. My classmate, Hans Bader, notes that the school wasn’t just under political pressure to make a “diversity” hire, it was under legal pressure as well.
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination had issued a “probable cause finding” that the school had discriminated against a professor named Clare Dalton when it denied her tenure. In Bader’s words, “Harvard’s faculty badly wanted to racially and sexually diversify their ranks to show their commitment to diversity, so that MCAD would not view future denials of tenure to unqualified minorities and women as being motivated by a discriminatory animus.”
“No one can know whether Warren would have landed at Harvard without faking her ethnicity (Harvard of course denies her alleged minority status was a factor), but we do know that she spent years holding herself out as a Native American. We do know those claims were extremely dubious. We also know that she made those claims exactly at the time when they could most help a young career,” French concluded on the matter.