No, President Trump Did Not Promise To Pay A Million Dollars To A Charity If Elizabeth Warren Took A DNA Test!

…and Warren, a lawyer, either knows he didn’t and is saying so anyway, or is saying so without checking what he actually said, which, for a lawyer allegedly trying to enforce a contract, is both incompetent and dishonest.

And once again, the complicit mainstream media is deceiving the public to assist a Democrat’s misrepresentation. Nice.

Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Warren called on Trump to pay the $1 million to charity. Trump replied to a reporter, “I didn’t say that; you better read that again.”

Says the Hill, in an article by Jordan Fabian, “Trump denies offering $1 million for Warren DNA test, even though he did.” In fact, he didn’t. This Time, Trump is telling the truth. The Hill, using the news media’s favorite trick of late, pulls only part of the relevant quote: “I will give you a million dollars, to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,I have a feeling she will say ‘no.’ ”

That wasn’t the whole statement. Bless law professor Ann Althouse: I was going to go through the analysis, and I really don’t have time. She’s retired now, has the time, and is a better contact lawyer than I’ll ever be. Here was her absolutely correct explanation:

[H]ere’s the text, because Trump did say “you better read that again.” And reading is great for the kind of textualism that any lawsuit to enforce a contract would have to focus on:

But let’s say I’m debating Pocahontas. I promise you I’ll do this: I will take, you know those little kits they sell on television… learn your heritage!… And in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims that she is of Indian heritage because her mother said she has high cheek bones. That;s her only evidence, her mother said we have high cheek bones.

All right, the conditions for accepting the offer by taking the test have not yet arisen. There has been no debate and certainly no proclaiming of Indian heritage in the middle of a debate. I don’t think Elizabeth Warren would ever make the relevant proclamation. But she certainly hasn’t done it yet.

We will take that little kit — but we have to do it gently. Because we’re in the #MeToo generation, we have to be very gentle. And we will very gently take that kit, and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm, even though it only weighs 2 ounces, and we will say: I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.

So the test to be taken is the one that Trump would toss to Warren in the middle of a debate. Obviously, that hasn’t happened yet, and who thinks it ever would happen? Trump isn’t going to throw something at Warren during a debate, even gently. It’s a comical scenario, and we don’t even need to argue with people who might say he really meant it, because it’s plainly true that Trump has not yet tossed a DNA test kit at Warren during a presidential debate. She has not taken that test, and that’s the only test he spoke of, and it’s all purely hypothetical. There’s no offer to accept, and what Warren did wasn’t what Trump was talking about.

Even the most Trump-deranged lawyer, and I know lots, unless all of their legal education has run out their ears, will have to admit that Trump owes Warren nothing, because that was not a unilateral contract offer or an enforceable promise by any possible interpretation, where an open ended set of conditions with a guaranteed pay-0ff were met under the conditions given. When she claims otherwise, Warren is trying to deceive the public about facts and law. The Hill supporting her is an example of unethical journalism.

But it’s Trump, so there’s no need to be fair or honest, even for a lawyer, right?

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17 responses to “No, President Trump Did Not Promise To Pay A Million Dollars To A Charity If Elizabeth Warren Took A DNA Test!

  1. Name Redacted

    According to an article from ‘The Boston Globe’,

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2018/10/15/warren-addresses-native-american-issue/YEUaGzsefB0gPBe2AbmSVO/story.html?p1=SCMenu_Article

    the DNA test only showed that Warren was between 1/64th and 1/1024th Native American, with some marginal errors for possible missing ancestors. However most of her heritage was of European descent.

    So take that for what you will.

    • Junkmailfolder

      I know the tribes have their own requirements for actually claiming Native American heritage, and I want to say it’s better that 1/32nd. Is there a corresponding US requirement? I’d imagine so, with all the intricacies of Indian law.

      • JutGory

        I was actually involved in a case like this. The tribe was admitting members that did not qualify under the charter (though they were descended from people who did). I forget what the blood count was (1/32? 1/64?). They were fighting about people who were 1/128. As I recall, the legal position was that the tribe itself had absolute authority to determine the membership of the tribe, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs would not step in.
        -Jut

        • PennAgain

          I checked it out at one point — the whole thing annoys me too much to go back and dig it out again — but I remember two things: membership is whatever the tribe says it is (I forget the name of the tribe) and that according to this tribe, membership rests on “definitive proof” of a minimum of 1/32nd. It now depends on the tribe’s conclusion.

    • Matthew B.

      I’m a minimum of 16 times more native American than she is. I’ve never used it to claim a benefit of any kind.

      • joed68

        Same here. My mother’s mother is half-injun; her mother was half Blackjfoot, and the other half was either Crow or Sioux. That makes my siblings and I 1/8th redskin.

  2. This also does not explain why she told a fawning interviewer that her parents eloped because her father’s parents didn’t approve of her mother’s Cherokee roots. Well, when the facts don’t pan out, print the legend.

    jvb

    • ”Well, when the facts don’t pan out, print the legend.”

      It gets worse.

      Elizabeth Warren’s white great grandfather shot an Indian

      “The newspaper clipping relates to a story about how Warren’s great grandfather, John H. Crawford, shot a real Indian and was identified in the newspaper as white, via Twila Barnes:” (bolds mine)

      It should be noted that the Crawfords were the side of the family that was reportedly Native American. Reported as such by Warren, leastways.

      And why would what the talented Twila Barnes has to say matter?

      Welp, she’s a genealogist…and a Native American.

      https://legalinsurrection.com/2012/10/elizabeth-warrens-white-great-grandfather-shot-an-indian/

  3. crella

    Someone in the comments said Trump should pay 1/1024 of the million. I like that idea.

  4. Two tiers of justice. Proof is when common citizens would be prosecuted for things progressives get away with, like getting caught in a ‘mistake’ on your taxes, and just paying what you would have owed years ago, while I would have to pay penalties and/or jail time.

    Or mishandling classified documents.

    Or leaking classified information to the press, with the intent to get a biased Independent prosecutor appointed.

    Or lying to a FISA court judge… four times. Omitting exculpatory information in applications to a FISA court.

    But you get the picture.

    Warren committed fraud, and just admitted it. She used Affirmative Action to get into school, and to get a job.

    Why aren’t progressives upset that their system to help minorities was abused?

    If I did it, they would be.

    Two tiers of justice.

    • JP

      I’m not sure Warren committed fraud. Isn’t intent a big part of it (at least in this case). If her parents told her she was part Indian, then she has no reason to not believe it. I doubt Harvard or anyone else made her prove it. After all, my mother told me I was Polish. Turns out, I am only 1/2 Polish. I think before this week we could say Hanlon’s razor applies.

      However, now that it is proven, she should have admitted it. Instead, it appears she is trying to double-down.

      • She was a privileged rich girl. She used a program (Affirmative Action) to get ahead of those who the program was designed to help, who did not have her money or privileges.

        Even if she WAS an Indian, she used a program she did not need, and deprived someone else of those benefits. Foul.

        She is NOT and never WAS a ‘Native American.’ Her family had ZERO contact with that culture. Pure white bread American; indeed, whiter than most, we now know. (What little ‘other’ DNA is NOT Indian but Mexican, or Peruvian, or whatever. No samples of ‘Native American’ to compare to)

        …my mother told me I was Polish. Turns out, I am only 1/2 Polish

        And so you really are: we have never made that sort of distinction. Did you have cultural Polish traditions in your family?

        Did you take advantage of, say, a scholarship intended for full blooded Poles, thus preventing another from gaining that benefit? (Such things may exist, as I know of Czech scholarship much like that. Look up SPJST some time) This is what Warren did.

  5. Dwayne N. Zechman

    Even just using The Hill’s abbreviated quote:
    “I will give you a million dollars, to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian, I have a feeling she will say ‘no.’ ” (emphasis mine)

    I don’t think it meets the requirement. Are we seriously arguing that the results of this test “shows [she’s] an Indian” ???

    –Dwayne

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