- The Washington Times - Monday, February 11, 2019

Actor Rob Lowe deleted a tweet mocking Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her past claims of Native American heritage.

“I deleted my Elizabeth Warren tweet,” the “Code Black” star tweeted early Sunday. “It was a joke and some peeps got upset, and that’s never my intention. On the GOOD side: I just got to use the Oxford comma!”

In a subsequent tweet, Mr. Lowe lamented the current political climate that has a tendency to stifle comedy.

“Observation: many polarizing politicians actually LIKE each other, privately help each other, then publicly stir the pot, playing for votes. That’s fine,” the actor wrote. “Only thing wrong with it is when we buy it whole cloth, breeding intolerance, anger and total inability to laugh at ANYTHING.”

In the now-deleted tweet, Mr. Lowe joked that Mrs. Warren, who officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign Saturday in Lawrence, Mass., “would bring a whole new meaning to Commander in ‘Chief.’ “

The joke is in reference to Mrs. Warren’s repeated past claims of Cherokee heritage. In October, the senator sparked a backlash after she revealed the results of her own DNA test that showed she is only between 0.09 percent and 1.5 percent Native American, which is less than the average American white person. She later apologized, acknowledging that tribal citizenship is not synonymous with ancestry.

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