Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway tried to claim that Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test, suggesting that she does indeed have Native American ancestry, didn’t interest her Monday morning.
Conway said on Monday she finds it “odd” that “the Democrats are talking about 2020” and said she’s not interested in the test results for Elizabeth Warren, a possible contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. Conway said this even though the results show “strong evidence” of Native American ancestry.
Conway said she’s not interested because her boss, the President of the United States, is “talking about 2018.”
Conway referred to the test she said she isn’t interested in and hasn’t seen as “junk science,” saying everyone just picks what they like from junk science or sound science depending on the conclusion (a projection if ever there were one, from the woman defending the man who denies climate change).
Trump has often mocked Warren on the campaign trail, calling her ‘Pocahontas.’
Conway is right about one thing, her boss is very busy campaigning, even during Hurricane Michael, but he is not just campaigning for 2018. He has been holding his own rallies and fundraisers for 2020, which he started in February of 2017. He took office on January 20, 2017.
So basically Trump, who doesn’t like to work and whose Presidential schedule is so bare it starts at 11:30 when a briefing is read to him and ends after he lunches with the VP, started campaigning right after he took office. This is pretty much all he does, when he is not fighting on Twitter and starting trade wars.
Additionally, trying to blame Warren for taking the very DNA test Trump demanded she take is the height of gaslighting.
It is hardly Warren’s fault that she had to chase down yet another Trump conspiracy theory. The original birther likes to toss bombs out and then when people provide their birth certificate or DNA, he pretends it doesn’t interest him. He is the one who brings it up constantly.
Trump in fact just escalated his attacks on Warren in early July of this year and according to NBC News, Trump “revived his nickname for her — ‘the fake Pocahontas’ — and told the crowd at a Montana campaign rally that should the two find themselves on a debate stage, he would challenge her to submit to genetic testing to prove that she has Native American ancestors.”
Trump cared so much that he offered to pay 1 million dollars to Warren’s charity of choice if she provided a DNA test that proved her ancestry.
At a rally on July 5, “I will give you a million dollars, paid for by Trump, to your favorite charity, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.”
Trump denied this morning that he promised that money and he claims “Who cares” in response to Warren’s DNA test.
“Who cares? Who cares?” Trump responded to reporters Monday morning, and then denied that he had ever promised to pay any money.
Q: Will you pay $1 million to charity of Sen Warren’s choice?
A: “I didn’t say that. I didn’t–You better read it again.”
Who cares? No one cared until Trump used it as his one and only attack line over and over again on Elizabeth Warren — a stupid, ignorant and personal attack befitting the man who can’t debate actual issues.
So, Trump was all about this DNA until it was provided and proved him wrong. Now he’s not interested.
Just like he was with Obama’s birth certificate, which he and his wife Melania still deny is the actual and proper birth certificate.
Donald Trump needs to pay that 1 million dollars he offered to pay to charity of Warren’s choice… If he can scrounge up the money.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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