- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Comedian Trevor Noah did some digging into Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s past this week after “Pocahontas” comments made by President Trump, but what he found put him at odds with his ideological ally.

The host of “The Daily Show” told his studio audience on Tuesday night that the president’s ongoing “Pocahontas” jokes surrounding Ms. Warren may be warranted. Comments made by Mr. Trump on Monday during a Navajo Code Talkers tribute prompted Mr. Noah, who grew up in South Africa, to research the issue.

“When he says ‘Pocahontas,’ you might be thinking, ‘wait, Trevor, I’m confused. Is Elizabeth Warren Native American?’ And you see, that’s the question. Because for a long time, she said she was,” Mr. Noah said, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

The comedian first noted that genealogical evidence does not back the former Harvard Law professor’s claims to have Native America roots — she listed herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools from 1986 to 1995.

“How white is your college that when you get called out for being too white, your response is, “Nuh-uh! We’ve got her! Yo Elizabeth, show these white folks what it is,’” Mr. Noah joked.

He then went on to mock the Democrat’s contributions to a cookbook published in 1984 titled “Pow Wow Chow.”

“That would be like finding out I’m completely white, I have no African blood and yet I wrote the book ‘Snacks for Blacks,’” the comedian deadpanned.

Mrs. Warren was accused of plagiarism in 2012 by radio host Howie Carr, whose research indicated that three of her five recipes for “Pow Wow Chow” appeared to be lifted from The New York Times and other publications.

“The two recipes for Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing and Cold Omelets with Crab Meat appear to be word for word copies of a French chef’s design,” the Daily Mail reported May 18, 2012. “Mrs. Warren lists 10 ingredients for the cold omelet, while [writer Pierre] Franey lists only four, but the preparation of the omelet is nearly identical, with both detailing the use of a ‘seven-inch Teflon pan.’ “

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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