Iron Eyes Lizzy Is 'Not Running' for President

Elizabeth Warren makes the rounds on the Sunday shows to deny her bid and double down on her ancestry.

Nate Jackson · Mar. 12, 2018

We’ve long teased Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren over her tenuous claims of Native American ancestry, calling her Sacaja-Warren and Fauxcahontas. Well, here’s a new one that may fit best of all: Iron Eyes Lizzy. Readers of a certain age will recall Iron Eyes Cody, the actor known for portraying Native Americans in numerous Hollywood films, as well as shedding a tear in one of the country’s most well-known television public service announcements, “Keep America Beautiful.” Well, Ole Iron Eyes was actually Espera Oscar de Corti, an Italian-American pretending to be an Indian — not just in commercials and movies but in real life. His ruse lasted until his half-sister outed him decades later, though he lied about it so long he may have actually convinced himself he was Indian.

So you can see why that behavior fits Warren quite well. As we’ve noted, Warren has used this supposed ancestry for gain in both her academic and political careers. That continues to this day.

She’s back in the news this weekend after making the rounds to repeat her talking points on all the Sunday morning shows. Public service announcement: Warren is not running for president and she will not take a DNA test to prove her ancestral claims. “I’m not running for president,” Warren maintained, though she declined to commit to serving a full six-year Senate term if re-elected this November. Of her supposed heritage, she insisted, “I know who I am because of what my mother and my father told me. … It’s part of who I am and no one’s ever going to take that away.”

Her claims of ancestry and of not running in 2020 are equally believable. Which is to say, not at all. “I am not running for president” just means she hasn’t yet declared her candidacy, but she’ll be beating the class-warfare drums regardless. So just keep an eye out for that Warren 2020 Wigwam near you.

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