To be perfectly honest, I’m still not sure why Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren thought it would be smart to release the results of a DNA test suggesting she had Native American ancestry, knowing full well that doing so would simply play into President Donald Trump’s bigoted charade of pretending to care about her genetic makeup.
That, however, is exactly what Warren did on Monday, despite the fact that no one seems all that excited about her claim to Native heritage beyond a right wing fever swamp who couldn’t care less about “data” and “proof” and were simply waiting for an opportunity to pounce on Warren’s inept assumption that they were ever interested in facts to begin with.
And so we enter day two of this stupid argument between Warren and Trump. And however awful yesterday seemed, today is already so much worse.
Take it away, Mr. President:
Putting aside Trump’s offensive insinuation that “even” the Cherokee Nation doesn’t accept Warren’s DNA results, what exactly did the senator and her team think was going to happen here? That the president and his mouth-breathing hoard of MAGA chuds would suddenly say “oh, well then, I guess we were wrong, and everything’s just fine now”? We’ve been through this already with President Obama and birtherism, and let’s not forget how that turned out.
As has been pointed out multiple times already, Warren’s mistake is emblematic of a core problem for Democrats: they think they can win against a group that has willfully divorced itself from reality and which has done away with any sort of pretense that they care about “facts.” It’s more than a question of bringing a knife to a gun fight. It’s Democrats assuming there’s a conventional fight to begin with, when really it’s more like Dalí-esque surrealist nightmare complete with melting clocks and elephants with trombones for heads.
Stop trying to play this game, guys. You’re not good at it, and you’re wasting time and good-will that could be spent telling people how you’re going to make their lives better.