Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) said Wednesday she had no sympathy for the parents charged in the massive college admissions scam to get their children into prestigious universities.
Asked on Morning Joe during a rapid-fire question session if she had any sympathy for the wealthy parents involved in the alleged fraud, Warren said, "Zero," making the shape with her hand for emphasis.
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Hollywood actresses, including Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, and top executives were among those caught up in the fraud case, which the Justice Department said was the largest of its kind it had ever seen.
The bizarre details include brazen cheating on standardized tests like the SATs, rich parents paying bribes, and athletics coaches falsely portraying students as recruits for their teams in order for high-schoolers to gain admission to schools like Yale, Stanford, and Southern California.
Warren has been criticized by Republicans for calling herself Native American in the past to help game her rise in academics, although there's no reporting it benefited her career in law.
Warren listed her race as "American Indian" on a State Bar of Texas registration card in 1986, writing it out in blue ink. She was listed as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools desk book while teaching law at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas in the 1980s and 1990s.
She was also listed as a minority hire by Harvard Law School because of her claim of Native American ancestry, which she said she didn't direct Harvard to do.
When apologizing last month for the revelation she called herself American Indian in 1986, she couldn't say whether there weren't other instances she had listed her race that way. Warren has repeatedly apologized for the controversy, saying she isn't a member of a tribe and isn't a person of color.