President Donald Trump said Elizabeth Warren has “a big lack of credibility” when asked about her comment that white supremacy should be considered domestic terrorism before his Marine One departure for Cincinnati on Thursday, Aug. 1.
“I’ve watched Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as “Pocahontas,” with her phony try at an ancestry that she didn’t have. I’ve watched her and, I don’t know, to me, she doesn’t have credibility,” the president said.
“Everything she did was a fraud. She got into colleges, she got teaching jobs. She said she was of Indian heritage. It turned out to be a lie. So Elizabeth Warren really has a big lack of credibility,” he continued.
At the Cincinnati rally on Thursday night, President Trump mentioned again Warren’s claims of Native American heritage, saying, “she said she was Indian. And I said that I have more Indian blood than she does, and I have none.”
The front-runner Democratic candidate took a test last year that demonstrated she was between 1/64 and 1/1028 Native American and has since apologized multiple times for the confusion caused when she identified herself as a Native American.
“I shouldn’t have done it. I am not a person of color. I am not a citizen of tribe, and I’ve apologized for any confusion over tribal sovereignty, tribal citizenship, and any harm caused by that,” Warren said at a candidate forum in New Hampshire.
During her campaign and Democratic debates, Warren argued the U.S. economy is forcing Americans to take on more debt and the manufacturing sector in recession.
“When I look at the economy today, I see a lot to worry about … I see a manufacturing sector in recession. A generation of stagnant wages and rising costs for basics like housing, child care, and education (has) forced American families to take on more debt than ever before. …Whether it’s this year or next year, the odds of another economic downturn are high – and growing,” she said.
However, according to an AP Fact Check, the Massachusetts senator is exaggerating some of these claims.
Under President Trump’s administration, the household debt levels, on a per capita basis, have actually fallen. The interest rates are at historically low levels, making it easier for borrowers to pay their debts. Currently, households are devoting less than 10% of their incomes to debt service, down from roughly 13% a decade ago.
Likewise, her threat of a “manufacturing recession” is not a clearly defined standard. Factory output has actually risen slightly over the past year and it continues to rise as the president showed his solid efforts to boost products “Made in America.”