Actor Rob Lowe mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and her past claims of Native American ancestry on Saturday following her presidential campaign announcement.
In a tweet Saturday afternoon, the ‘West Wing’ actor joked that the senator’s candidacy would give new meaning to the title “Commander in Chief.”
“Elizabeth Warren would bring a whole new meaning to Commander in ‘Chief,'” Lowe wrote.
Elizabeth Warren would bring a whole new meaning to Commander in “Chief”.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 9, 2019
His tweet came hours after President Trump made a similar remark on Twitter that appeared to reference the 1833-1850 Trail of Tears, a forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans.
“Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. 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!” Trump tweeted earlier in the day.
Warren, who announced earlier late last year that she was exploring a 2020 bid for president, announced the official start of her campaign on Saturday in Lawrence, Massachusetts on Saturday. The senator joins a crowded field of Democratic contenders including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).
She has faced criticism in the past and has apologized for claiming Native American ancestry, noting earlier this month that she understands the difference between DNA indicating a possible Native American ancestor and tribal heritage.