Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) discovered she can’t escape the controversy over her ancestry after she was heckled at a recent town hall event.
The 2020 presidential candidate was hosting a campaign event in Georgia on Saturday when a protestor interrupted her speaking by yelling out, “Why did you lie?” while holding a sign that said “1/2020” in reference to her DNA test results.
“Hold on,” Warren said in response. “We’ll get to lots of policy, I promise. Okay?”
As people began to boo, a visibly shaken Warren tried to calm the crowd down by calling out “Be easy! Be easy!”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 17, 2019
In February, it was discovered that Warren had claimed on the Texas bar registration her race was Native American. This was extremely controversial due to a previous DNA test revealing that she was only 1/64 to 1/1024 Native American.
Here is the form Elizabeth Warren filled out for the State Bar of Texas claiming American Indian heritage. pic.twitter.com/VwHifS7BCL
— Amy Gardner (@AmyEGardner) February 6, 2019
Many Native American groups criticized her results and pointing out that her claiming Native American race was an insult to tribes.
President Donald Trump has also been extremely outspoken about his criticism of Warren, tweeting out his excitement that she would be running.
“Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President,” tweeted Trump. “Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!”
Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019
While she did apologize for the bar registration, it is uncertain if she will address the issue again after this incident.