Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came down hard on the millionaire celebrities who are tangled up in a college admissions scam, but some think Warren would have been better off watching this debate from the sidelines.
Reports broke yesterday that the FBI had caught around 50 millionaire parents in a college admissions sting, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. The FBI alleges that the parents had provided fraudulent test scores and bribed university officials to get their children into top-ranked schools.
This story blew up with people from all backgrounds chiming in to call out the parents for buying their children’s achievements. While it seemed to be a unifying moment for America as everyone took their turn dunking on these celebrity parents, the tone changed when Warren took her swing.
As IJR Blue reported, Warren called the scandal “stunning.”
"This is just stunning!"
Sen Elizabeth Warren tells @ABC News alleged college admissions cheating scam is "just one more example of how the rich and powerful know how to take care of their own, and everyone else just gets left behind." https://t.co/o1mf5PdAti pic.twitter.com/mB0BhMl8Tq
— ABC News (@ABC) March 12, 2019
“This is just stunning. I mean, the notion that people thought they could keep cheating like this and build this, evidently build this huge cheating network in order for the children of the rich and the powerful to make it into fancy schools. To me, it’s just one more example of how the rich and powerful know how to take care of their own, and everybody else just gets left behind. I think that’s wrong.”
She also expanded on her statement in an interview with MSNBC where she explained that she had “zero” sympathy for the parents that were caught up in the FBI raid.
Several took to Twitter to say that Warren should have sat this debate out, given her personal history.
You might want to sit this one out, chief. https://t.co/XAk8SNC1cu
— BlazeTV (@BlazeTV) March 13, 2019
how do you say “the balls on this guy” in Cherokee? https://t.co/asA9xW680x
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) March 13, 2019
Speaking of college schemers… https://t.co/kMCxyJYh1l
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) March 13, 2019
Yesterday’s college admissions indictment mentioned "falsifying students’ ethnicities and other biographical details to take advantage of affirmative action."
Elizabeth Warren was just ahead of her time, apparently.https://t.co/gRoV8js4o7
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) March 13, 2019
Wonder what she thinks about those who fake ethnicity to benefit? https://t.co/59Yq6zBFV0
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 13, 2019
She got flattened for her claim that she believed she had native ancestry because of her grandfather’s “high cheekbones.“
*stares in high cheekbones* https://t.co/V6zadDYqT3
— siraj hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) March 13, 2019
Some even poked fun at her botched DNA test that showed she may be as little as 1/1024 Native American.
Not even 1/1024th of sympathy. Zero. https://t.co/PRI3LHjMG3
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) March 13, 2019
⚪️Using merit to sway admissions
⚪️using money to sway admission
🔘Using 1/1024 of your DNA to sway admissions https://t.co/vm82fdSvxb
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) March 13, 2019
Others claimed she scammed students, as well, for describing herself as Native American when she was teaching at several universities, despite never having tribal citizenship.
What about sympathy for parents whose kids got in on merit & then were taught by professors who lied about their credentials? https://t.co/hVfZftXZ4F
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) March 13, 2019
Elizabeth Warren just said she had “zero” sympathy for the parents involved in the college admissions cheating scandal.
It’s ironic that she’s so offended given that she lied about being a minority to climb the Ivy League ladder.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) March 13, 2019
Warren officially announced her 2020 presidential bid in February. From the looks of things, her claims to Native American ancestry will continue to follow her throughout her run.