Independent Senate challenger, Shiva Ayyadurai, who is a self-described “real Indian” and is running against Mass. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is suing after city officials demanded he take down his signs calling her a “fake Indian.” He filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the demand from the city of Cambridge violates his constitutional free speech rights.
Beginning on March 17th, Ayyadurai’s campaign bus has featured two identical signs picturing himself and a rendition of Warren wearing Indian attire. Next to the pictures are the words: “Only a REAL INDIAN Can Defeat the Fake Indian.”
'Real Indian' running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren sues after city tells him to stop calling her 'Fake Indian' https://t.co/C3E7pOPmMk
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Ayyadurai says that Warren is at the top of a US “neo-caste system” composed of “academics, career politicians and lawyer/lobbyists,” a “spineless clan” who never expect to be challenged. He says he would take a science and engineering perspective on problem solving, focusing on immigration, education and innovation. He has called for secure borders and an end to sanctuary cities, support for more choices in public education and for more scrutiny of “pay-to-play” science research.
Cambridge communications director Lee Gianetti said officials had not yet been served with the lawsuit, adding that “it is not the City’s practice to comment on ongoing litigation.” In a letter, Cambridge building inspector Branden Vigneault said his department had received “a series of anonymous complaints” about the large signs, which are posted on either side of a school bus parked in front of an office building owned by Ayyadurai.
The bus in question has been parked in a parking lot in front of the office building for over a month. That’s just a mile from Warren’s home. Considering he is facing an uphill battle against Warren and the odds are not in his favor, his antics are very creative and clever, not to mention true. But the city of Cambridge does not have a sense of humor over it. The campaign received a notice from Cambridge building inspector Branden Vigneault that the signs lacked the appropriate “approvals and permits,” according to local reports and the Ayyadurai campaign. He said he has displayed other signs in the exact same manner for the last year and the city only objected to the most recent display.
The aforementioned inspector threatened to slap Ayyadurai with a $300 per day fine, plus additional legal penalties if the signs stay where they are. “We will not remove the slogan from our bus,” Ayyadurai told The Washington Times. “We will defend the First Amendment, and we will fight this egregious attack on the First Amendment, at any cost.” Ayyadurai and his campaign claim the building code does not apply to the signs because they are on a bus, not a building. “This is a political vendetta by City officials who are supporters of Elizabeth Warren,” said Ayyadurai, who was born in Bombay, India.
Warren started all of this by claiming she is of Cherokee heritage, when she’s not. Her professed Native American heritage has been used to dishonestly secure jobs, including one as a Harvard law professor. Because of this sham, President Trump has repeatedly called Warren, a Wall Street critic and potential White House rival, “Pocahontas,” a notable American Indian woman in colonial history, to highlight the controversy. Warren has said she has ruled out challenging Trump in 2020. No one, and I mean no one, believes her. Many out there refer to her as “Fauxcahontas” because of all this.
When asked whether she’d agree to calls for genetic testing to resolve the heritage controversy, Warren launched into a family history, as purportedly told by her parents and grandparents, before saying, “It’s a part of who I am, and no one’s ever going to take that away.” That was a slick way of not proving she is really Indian. She was even sent a DNA test, but refused to take it. That pretty much says it all right there.
Experts have cast doubt on Warren’s claim – because, well… she’s lying. “The problem with Warren’s story is that none of the evidence supports it,” Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes wrote after researching Warren’s family. But observers have also accused Ayyadurai of puffery and distortion, as well. The attacks mostly center on his longstanding claim to be the inventor of e-mail. And while it is a stretch for him to claim that, there is no doubt he is Indian and Warren is not. This is sheer politics and a violation of free speech. A law suit is definitely warranted here.
But she is….
— Gold N. Rules (@jamesbranch3) April 24, 2018
He has his 1A rights same as anyone else.
— just alan (@anythingbutdem) April 24, 2018
I cannot stop laughing at this. Thank you, Mr. Shiva.
— Conservative Woman (@DyedintheRed) April 24, 2018
If she was really an America Indian she would be honored to prove it plain and simple.
— Ken Eckhardt (@keneckdt) April 24, 2018
"Stop saying true things"
— Max Sennott (@MaxSennott) April 24, 2018
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