Trump Calls for Warren to Apologize After DNA Test Results Backfire

Erika Holt
October 20, 2018

Ms Warren, who is seen as a potential 2020 challenger to Mr Trump, appears to have followed the president's tactics, striking back nearly instantly at the president who continues to ridicule her claim of Native American ancestry.

Warren, a Democrat from MA, released the test results on Monday, showing that she had as little as 1/1,024th Native American ancestry. He concluded that the great majority of Warren's ancestry is European but added that the results "strongly support" the existence of a Native American ancestor. If this was Warren's attempt to stop Trump's schoolyard taunts (as if) and tip opinion in her favor, it was a spectacular failure. Warren's 1/1054th, or whatever it is today, would certainly not allow her on the Cherokee Nation tribal rolls, which she has acknowledged. She is also reinforcing one of the most insidious ways in which Americans talk about race: "as though it were a measurable biological category, one that, in some cases, can be determined by a single drop of blood".

He started Tuesday with three tweets claiming Warren's DNA test is "bogus" and that she perpetrated a "scam and a lie". "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong".

This week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in preparation for a 2020 presidential run, chose to fight back against President Trump's brutal nickname for her: Pocahontas. At the time, she said she listed herself as having Native American heritage because she hoped to meet people with similar roots.

Warren used family folklore to exploit diversity recruitment for her career advancement and political aspirations.

Hoskin, in his statement, did not refer to Warren as a "fraud".

Warren's test showed her native ancestor appeared in her lineage six to 10 generations back, making her less than 2 percent Native American.

Asked about his Disneyland photo, Chaffetz told The Tribune that it was Warren, not him, who has acted with insensitivity.

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In a string of October 16 posts on Twitter, Trump described Warren as a "phony" and said she only got her job as a law professor at Harvard University because of her heritage claims.

But Warren's results do not align with the ancestry she has touted. She continued, "I think of her as a smart woman and not getting into petty politics, and that's exactly what this is". The percentages that have been reported range from 1/64 to 1/1,032 Native American.

An American senator's release of a DNA test in defence of her claims to Indigenous ancestry has been met with backlash on social media from Indigenous academics and artists in Canada.

Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf debate what the results of Senator Warren's DNA test mean.

Rather than dig further into the story, the Daily Beast praised Warren for her transparency.

Until the recent analysis, there was no absolute proof that Warren is not Native American.

And so it was, back to the misery of square one, Warren checkmated, Trump bullishly ecstatic, and political conversation dumbed into oblivion. I wish I had been more mindful of that distinction.

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