Nancy Pelosi has ignited another controversy.
This one could wreck the Democrat Party’s chances to defeat Donald Trump when he runs for re-election in 2020.
And it’s because you won’t believe what Pelosi said about Elizabeth Warren.
Warren is projected to be one of the Democrats strongest 2020 candidates to win the nomination and challenge, President Trump.
But in what was supposed to be a low-key visit to support a New Mexico Congressional candidate, Pelosi ripped open a wound that could sink Warren’s chances in 2020.
Pelosi appeared at a campaign event for Debra Haaland, the Democrat running in New Mexico’s First Congressional District.
The San Francisco Democrat praised Haaland for possibly becoming the first Native American elected to Congress.
“When [Deb Haaland] comes to Congress, think of it … she’ll come there as the first Native American woman ever in the history of our country,” The Democrat Minority Leader exclaimed, “She will be the first and there’s a reason she is the first — because she is so great.”
Observers quickly noted that even if Pelosi didn’t intend her remarks to be taken this way, it was a shot at Elizabeth Warren.
Warren has been dogged by the scandal about faking having Native American ancestry in order to advance her career.
The only evidence Warren could provide to support her ridiculous claim of having Cherokee heritage was her mother telling stories about having high cheekbones.
The controversy erupted in her 2012 Senate campaign against Scott Brown, but since she was running in deep blue Massachusetts it did not damage her political prospects.
It became a larger issue in 2016 when Donald Trump dubbed her Pocahontas, a nickname that has stuck with her.
Haaland was believed to have taken a dig at Warren at the Netroots Nation conference when – right before Warren took the stage – Haaland claimed she would be the first Native American woman in Congress.
“Hello Netroots Nation! My name is Deb Haaland. I’m the Democratic nominee for New Mexico’s first congressional district. If elected, I’ll be the first Native American woman In Congress,” Haaland told the crowd. “I’m a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna and a 35th generation New-Mexican.”
“I recognize we are on indigenous land and I approach you with respect for the tribes whose homeland we stand on now, including the Chitimacha and Houma tribes,”
This may not be a large controversy now, but it has the potential to upend the Democratic 2020 Presidential primary.
Democrats are obsessed with identity politics and the party is very dependent on minority voters.
Some Democrats may see a white woman appropriating Native American heritage to advance her career as an unforgivable sin and refuse to support Warren in 2020.
Democrats will have plenty of choices.
There could be more than 20 candidates in the race.
And each one will be running as the authentic leftist in the race.
Democrat Party voters will be able to choose a candidate that doesn’t violate the party’s core tenants on identity politics while not violating any left-wing ideological principles.
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