Senator Warren, Mocked by Trump as ‘Pocahontas,’ Releases DNA Test

Elizabeth Warren
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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that shows “strong evidence” she has Native-American heritage, a smackdown of President Donald Trump’s ridicule of her as “fake Pocahontas” while she signals a possible 2020 presidential run.

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said last month she would take a “hard look” at running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Trump in 2020. She and Trump clashed frequently through the 2016 presidential campaign and Trump has cast aspersions on her claim to Native-American ancestry.

“When I decided to run for Senate in 2012, I never thought that my family’s Native American heritage would come under attack and my dead parents would be called liars,” she said in a statement on Monday.

“And I never expected the president of the United States to use my family’s story as a racist political joke,” she said.

Trump taunted Warren over the issue at a July rally in Montana.

“I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” he said. “I have a feeling she will say no.”

However, when Trump was asked about the DNA test on Monday, he said, “Who cares?” as he left Washington to visit hurricane-stricken areas in Florida and Georgia.

Warren provided the DNA test results in a statement, showing the lineage goes back six to 10 generations.

The analysis of Warren’s DNA was done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor who the Boston Globe reported was an expert in the field.

The professor concluded that most of the senator’s DNA shows European ancestry, but there is a Native-American segment. Warren has said that her Native-American ancestry possibly goes back to the 1700s, including Cherokee blood on her mother’s side, according to family lore.

Warren’s release of the DNA results could be a prelude to a possible presidential run.

Known as a liberal firebrand in her party, Warren is a former Harvard Law School professor who has championed populist economics including student loan reform and a higher minimum wage.

Warren was an architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set up after the 2008 financial crisis and has been a strong voice in the U.S. Senate on financial issues.

Trump has repeatedly called Warren “Pocahontas,” the name of a 17th century Native American teenager, to draw attention to a controversy over her heritage raised during Warren’s 2012 Senate race.

Warren, campaigning with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, attacked Trump as an “insecure money grubber” who is driven by greed and hate.

“I hope she’s running for president, because I think she’ll be very easy,” Trump said as he left the White House.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington and Rich McKay in Atlanta; Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton in Washington; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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Tery Gohsman
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Meanwhile Trump reneges on his televised bet. Surprise, surprise. He also still refuses to make good on his donation promise to VA.

myron proehl
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myron proehl

i want to see lying trump put his money where his big fat mouth is. I would also like to see his tax return, and yes they are filed, deadline was October 15.

TC
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TC

She did claim privilege –

TC
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TC

It most likely means some trapper raped an Indian woman – I would say we should be more concerned about that ancestry.

1ntrepid
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1ntrepid

Of course, one relationship a few hundred years ago is not a strong bond with native Americans, but still it should not be mocked in the usual Trumpov style.

Our family had a similarity tentative relationship to George Catlin. It isn’t something that can be erased from our past – it will always be there no matter what a stupid President says.

In the 1993 movie, True Romance, Dennis Hopper tells a great story related to this to Christopher Walker.

Robert Aldrich
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I don’t see the DNA test in the article! I also have a fraction of American Indian heritage (along with 6% black) in me as well but I would be remiss to make claims of it to heighten my credibility in a political arena, which is what she has done. I don’t claim to be Black, Indian, Irish, Portuguese, Jewish, Mormon, Italian, French, English, German or any other culture other than American(even though I am)! You come to America to shed your past chains and cultural claims for being American! Join us or get lost! I am so tired of… Read more »

Anonymous
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She never claimed any privelege. President bone spur with the tiny mushroom cap, just got burned. Hopefully…she’s our next president. Nice job Elizabeth!

St Pete Veteran
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Six to 10 generations ago, I have African ancestors. Does that mean I em entirked to say I am and African-American and can claim special privileges and benefits due to being somewhere between 1/32 and 1/512 black?!

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