Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren releases DNA results


The results were part of an elaborate strategy to end questions about her ancestry, possibly in anticipation of a 2020 presidential bid.

BOSTON That "Pocahontas" taunt must have rankled. Elizabeth Warren has released the results of a DNA test reportedly showing she does have Native American ancestry, increasing speculation she may run for president in 2020.

If Warren's ancestor were six generations removed, she would be 1/64th Native American. She's got ... about exactly one drop.

More pertinent to Trump's attacks, Warren's video highlights the conclusions of a recent Boston Globe investigation, which found that her claims of Native ancestry played no role in her ascent to the heights of the legal profession.

Ms Warren has denied benefitting from her background since 2012, when it emerged that she was listed as a minority in a Harvard Law School directory. But Warren's video includes testimonials from faculty at Harvard Law, the University of Houston, University of Pennsylvania Law School and UT Austin School of Law insisting Warren's professional advancement was not tied to it. It was done by Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante, a prominent expert in the field. He says the test carries an error rate of "less than one in 1,000". Still, 6-10 generations is a long time ago, and means that Warren is at most between 1/32 and 1/1,024 Native American.

According to the analysis, if Warren's great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, she would be considered 1/32nd Native American. If it was 10 generations ago, she'd be 1/512 Native American, the paper added. She could put the results in a drawer, but if she did that and they leaked somehow, it'd be a scandal.

Trump, who affectionately calls Warren "Pocahontas," brushed off the DNA results on Monday, telling press "who cares?".

"We will say, 'I will give you a million dollars for your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian, '" he told a crowd in Montana. "Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center:", Warren tweeted.

As for how Trump will handle his bet about Warren's ancestry, I think John McCormack nailed it: The only proper thing to do is to donate $976.57 to Warren's charity.

Trump since then has undertaken a strategy of soaking up political oxygen with a slew of extended TV interviews, call-ins, and rallies.

"Wait ... @SenWarren hasn't given us the numbers or shown us the breakdown of her DNA & you all are believing & praising her?"

So now we get the Elizabeth Warren DNA show, complete with a slickly produced video.

During Mr Obama's campaign, Mr Trump called repeatedly for him to release his birth certificate to prove he was born in America.