On Saturday, Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren made it official and announced her presidential bid for the 2020 election.
She is now contending for her party’s nomination against fellow Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. The winner, of course, will be taking on President Trump, who is seeking re-election.
Trump, who responded to Harris and Booker’s election announcements, took to Twitter to ask whether Warren would be running as the country’s first Native American candidate.
Warren professed throughout her career to be Native American and even took a DNA test to prove her ancestry, although it seemed to dispute her claim.
As Politico reports, Cherokee Nation Executive Director of Communications Julie Hubbard claimed DNA tests do not prove ancestry.
“We are encouraged by this dialogue and understanding that being a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen is rooted in centuries of culture and laws, not through DNA tests,” she said.
“Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President,” Trump said in a tweet on Saturday evening. “Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore?”
“See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!” the president added.
Warren made the announcement during a rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts where she contended, “This is the fight of our lives.”
“The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. I am in that fight all the way,” Warren continued. “And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America.”
Here’s more, from USA Today:
During her rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts, she also received some high-profile endorsements from several lawmakers, including Rep. Joe Kennedy III and Sen. Ed Markey, both key Democrats from Massachusetts.
“No one knows how to fight for what is right better than Elizabeth Warren,” Markey said. “No one knows how to get under Donald Trump’s skin better than Elizabeth Warren.”
She touted her support for progressive politics, including increasing the minimum wage and Medicare for All. She propped up embracing diversity and the immigrants who helped build the nation, all with a backdrop of Everett Mills, the site of a workers strike 100 years ago led by women and immigrants that boosted workers rights.
She told the story of the strikes, using it as an example that even those without power can work together to shape policy and change America.
Warren has been considered a front-runner by some people on the Left despite not leading in Democratic polling. While she often trails former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Beto O’Rourke, none of them have officially announced runs for the presidency.