Awkward: Mayor of Pocahontas Endorses Joe Biden over Elizabeth Warren
Former Vice president wins endorsement from mayor Dick Gruber
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden has been endorsed by the mayor of Pocahontas over fellow candidate Elizabeth Warren, three months out from the first-in-the-nation caucuses - an overlap in Democratic presidential politics between a small municipality and President Trump's sarcastic nickname for one leading candidates of the party.
Trump frequently mocks Warren as "Pocahontas," referring to her claims to Native American ancestry when applying to law school professor jobs in the 1980s and 1990s.
Last month, Neon Nettle reported Warren scrambled to delete a year-old tweet that bragged about her Native American DNA.
Warren's deleted tweet said:
“My family (including Fox News-watchers) sat together and talked about what they think of [President Donald Trump’s] attacks on our heritage."
“And yes, a famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded that it contains Native American ancestry.”
Last year, she released DNA test results revealing she had one Native American ancestor six to 10 generations ago.
Dick Gruber announced he was backing the former vice president, 76, over Warren, 70, via the Biden campaign.
Biden's Iowa state director, Jake Braun touted the endorsement alongside nine others in an email:
“Iowans know that Joe Biden is the strongest candidate to beat Donald Trump next November, and that’s why leaders from across the state are coming forward to proudly show their support,” Braun wrote in a statement.
According to The Washington Examiner: Braun, who has been blamed by some Democrats for Biden's struggles in Iowa given he doesn't live there full-time, added Biden had a "proven record of turning progressive ideas into real results."
"And Iowa leaders are excited about," he said, citing "standing up for the middle class" and "combating climate change" as examples.
While the Biden campaign boasts of having "nearly 80" Iowa elected officials, community leaders, and activists backing his presidential bid, Iowa Starting Line's reports a more conservative estimate of 27 endorsements, as of Nov. 5.
In contrast, the same publication notes Warren has 52 endorsements.
Although not always the case, Biden and Warren's number of respective endorsements reflects their performance in Iowa-based polls.
She averages 21.8% support, surpassing his 15.5%, according to RealClearPolitics data.