Elizabeth Warren Draws Criticism For Supporting Massachusetts Tribal Casino
Senator Elizabeth Warren attracted criticism from primary news sources including the Washington Times over her support for a tribal casino in Massachusetts. The Times openly accused Warren of flip-flopping on her previous stance on gambling to take advantage of a chance to neutralize her “Pocahontas problem.”
As an outspoken champion for women's rights, affordable education, and other hot-button issues, Warren is a frequent target of the conservative right. Most notably, President Donald Trump antagonized Warren by calling her “Pocahontas,” a stab at her unprovable past.
Years ago, Warren claimed to have a Native American heritage. Her opponents questioned the claim until 2012 when the New England Genealogical Society reported that they could find no connection to Warren's family tree and a Native American lineage.
Though the issue was seemingly put to rest five years ago, Warren's critics and opponents continue to use the jab to upset Warren and distract and divert audiences from whatever topic she is championing.
With Warren's recent support for a tribal casino, the association with her past heritage claims was too obvious for her critics to pass up. In the past, Warren opposed casino gambling in Massachusetts. After attempting to repeal the law that allows resort casinos in the state in 2014, she is now co-sponsor of a bill that would allow the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to build a $1 billion casino.
Although critics of the bill are right to point out that Warren appears to have suddenly shifted her stance on the issue, it is hard to see how she stands to benefit from backing the bill.