Video is from June 19, 2012
WASHINGTON – The genealogist who debunked the claim of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, of Cherokee Indian heritage is fighting mad that the senator repeats the claim in her new book out next week called "A Fighting Chance."
The Cherokee genealogist, Twila Barnes, who systematically revealed in 2012 during Warren's campaign that not only was Warren's great-grandfather not a Cherokee but was rather a white man who boasted of shooting one, is reportedly eager to meet the senator on her book tour, along with members of the Cherokee nation who are none too pleased with the continued charade.
When Barnes and other Cherokee women flew to Boston to try to meet with Warren to present the genealogical evidence that Warren was not actually Cherokee, Warren refused to see them.
But it may not be so easy dodging the women on a book tour.
According to William A. Jacobson, a blogger at LegalInsurrection.com, now that Warren is traveling the country on her book tour, Barnes finally wants to meet Warren at one of the tour stops, and will try to arrange a group of Cherokee women to attend one of the book signings.
"She could have used her new book to acknowledge the truth and apologize for her blatant disrespect of minorities, but instead, she's continued to perpetuate the lie and attempted to portray herself as a victim," write Barnes on her blog.
She cites this excerpt from Warren's book: "What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side. I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger would launch a rocket at me."
To that, Barnes writes: "Doing the research, finding the facts and sharing the truth about someone is not an attack. If people were launching rockets, it is because Warren gave them a big target. Research was done to determine if she had Cherokee ancestry. She didn't have any. That is not an opinion. It is a sound conclusion based on a preponderance of evidence found in historical documents. No one had any control over the lies told except Elizabeth Warren. She had control over it when she opened her mouth and told the story. She also had control when she repeatedly defended her story, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. If Elizabeth Warren was a victim, she was only a victim of her own arrogance and dishonesty. If she felt hurt and angry over what happened, she has no one to blame but herself. She could have, should have, just told the truth. She chose not to do that. I don't feel sorry for her."
To make matters worse for Warren, she is considered a prospect for the Democratic presidential nomination should Hillary Clinton decide not to run and her book is part of the positioning necessary for positive national attention.
But she may not have a fighting chance when the other shoe drops on her false Cherokee claim. Not only was her great-grandfather not a Cherokee, he was white and boasted of shooting a Cherokee, according to a local newspaper article discovered by Barnes.
Warren had claimed minority status in the 1980s in a law directory used for recruiting. She responded that she listed herself that way to meet other Native Americans.