An epidemic of false identities, massaged resumes, and warped ancestries has broken out among the current Democratic presidential primary candidates.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for years claimed Native American ancestry. An embattled Warren ironically took a DNA test that only proved her critics' contention that she was no more of Native American heritage than the vast majority of Americans.
Another Democratic candidate, Robert Francis O'Rourke, is a rich white male who grew up in affluence. O'Rourke some time ago adopted the name "Beto," an abbreviation for the Spanish "Roberto." The Spanish-speaking, Irish-American O'Rourke, with a wink and nod, has assumed a useful near-Latino identity.
That ruse became a caricature in O'Rourke's 2018 race for the Texas Senate. The second-generation Cuban-American incumbent, Sen. Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, was portrayed by the media as the non-Spanish-speaking "white guy" pitted against the more authentic Irish-American Latino "Beto."