Scarborough on Warren: People interested in their future, not your past

Stefani Reynolds

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) shouldn’t worry about people writing about whether she identified as American Indian on applications, saying “voters are interested in their future, not so much your past.”

“It seems to me that Elizabeth Warren needs to stop explaining what’s behind her and start explaining what’s in front of her for the country,” the “Morning Joe” host said to co-host Mika Brzezinski.

{mosads}”I think she’s talked about this issue enough,” Scarborough said. “Let bloggers and let people on Twitter talk about what she wrote on applications 25, 30 years ago. Tell Americans where we’re going to be 25, 30 years from now. I’ve run a few times on a small scale, on a small level and I can tell you, voters are interested in their future, not so much your past.”

Warren officially launched her presidential bid on Saturday after forming an exploratory committee at the end of last year.

The rollout followed a report by The Washington Post about how Warren identified herself as American Indian on her registration card with the State Bar of Texas in 1986.

Warren earlier had apologized for releasing results of a DNA test that showed she had Native American ancestry, after that decision came under criticism from some Native American groups. 

President Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Warren over her ancestry, mocking her as “Pocahontas.” His campaign on Saturday released a statement calling her a fraud.

Warren appeared to see the DNA test as a way to put the whole story behind her, which originally came up during her campaign for the Senate in 2012. But it led to criticism from leaders of the Cherokee Nation, among others.

Warren apologized last week to the Cherokee Nation for not being “more mindful of the distinction with tribal citizenship and tribal sovereignty.”

“It’s important to note, I’m not a tribal citizen, and I should have been more mindful of the distinction with tribal citizenship and tribal sovereignty, and that it is why I apologized,” she told reporters in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 6.

Warren is one of five Democratic senators to enter the presidential race, which also includes Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn). 

Tags Amy Klobuchar Cory Booker Donald Trump Elizabeth Warren Kirsten Gillibrand

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