Comedian Chelsea Handler made an awkward mistake when trying to endorse Democrat Paulette Jordan for governor of Idaho -- she accidentally posted a picture she took with another Native American Democrat running for office in another state, according to the Associated Press.
Instead of posting a picture of Jordan, Handler accidentally tweeted a picture showing her posing with Deb Haaland of New Mexico, who is running for a U.S. House seat.
That wasn't the only bit of confusion Handler seemed to have about Jordan; on Monday, she tweeted that Jordan (who is, remember, running in Idaho) is "our woman in the state of Nevada."
We strongly encourage Chelsea Handler to keep telling Idahoans how to vote. Getting her states/candidates wrong is… https://t.co/ProqmVxFyO— Idaho GOP (@Idaho GOP)1540397326.0
Haaland did not take offense to the mistake, however, spinning it to be a positive sign for Native Americans in politics.
"With so many Native American women running for office this year, it seems that people can't keep up," Haaland told NBC News. "Thank you Chelsea for supporting native women, women of color, and all women. I have faith that many of us will win in November, and that it will be just the beginning."
Jordan, a former Idaho state representative, is a member of the Coeur d'Alene tribe. Haaland is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna.
According to NPR, a record number of Native American women, and Native Americans in general, running for elected office. Leila Fadel writes:
"There are two Native American men in Congress now -- both Republicans -- and Trahant expects as many as 10 Native Americans will be on the congressional ballot this fall. He says that's double the number in 2016.
Trahant says some of this is a reaction to the current political climate, but it's also the fruit of years of work by Native American organizers, advocates and politicians."