In the days since Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the data from a DNA test she took, which showed she could be anywhere from 1/64 percent to 1/1024 percent Native American, she has received harsh criticism for playing up her connection to Native Americans.
In a recent interview with the Boston Globe’s editorial board, Warren is defending the test because she wants to fight back against the numerous jokes that have been made, especially from President Donald Trump.
“I have an election,” Warren told the editorial board. “Donald Trump goes in front of crowds multiple times a week to attack me. Both of my opponents have made the same attack. I got this analysis back, and I made it public.”
Although it appears the plan backfired because the jokes and memes from Trump, and many others, have not stopped since it appears she overly-exaggerated her heritage:
Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed. She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, “DNA test is useless.” Even they don’t want her. Phony!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018
Elizabeth Warren is being hammered, even by the Left. Her false claim of Indian heritage is only selling to VERY LOW I.Q. individuals!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2018
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 17, 2018
Warren expressed regret regarding the wording about identifying as a Native American while she was a law professor, but did not say she was wrong in doing so.
“There’s a distinction between citizenship and ancestry. I wish I had been more mindful of that distinction. The tribes and only the tribes determine citizenship,” she said. “It’s their right as a matter of sovereignty, and they exercise that in the ways they choose to exercise it. I respect that distinction.”
After the release of the test, Chuck Hoskin Jr., the Cherokee Nation Secretary of State, said in a statement that Warren was insulting their people.
“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” he said.
According to Warren, while she does have cousins who are tribal citizens, she wished she was clearer on her heritage.
“The distinction is: I’m not a citizen, never have claimed to be, and I wish I had been more mindful of that 30 years ago,” she said. “I wish I had been clearer about that — been more mindful, is the word.”