Sen. Elizabeth Warren's heavily promoted DNA test showing she likely has some Native-American ancestry ended up handing more fodder to Republican critics, who pointed out the test results indicate she could actually have less Native-American heritage than the average European American.
Warren has claimed connection to the Cherokee and DE tribes, but the Cherokee Nation says Warren's claims are "undermining tribal interests". The best part: If you have an extra fiver laying around, you can donate too! "I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes - and only tribes", she said. Trump has said that he hopes Warren will run in 2020, because she'll be "easy to beat". "When you go to every rally saying 'Pocahontas, Elizabeth Warren, ' clearly she's getting under his skin". "Who cares?" His remarks came before he and First Lady Melania Trump headed to Florida and Georgia to visit with the victims of Hurricane Michael.
"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.
Ms Warren, who is up for re-election in MA, shared the report along with a video of family and colleagues discussing her heritage on Monday. When pressed on the once-promised $1 million payment, Trump responded: "I didn't say that".
Carlos Bustamonte, a Stanford University professor and DNA analysis expert, conducted Warren's DNA test, which identified five of Warren't genetic segments as Native American, according to his report. "I know that everybody likes to pick their junk science or sound science depending on the conclusion, it seems some days".
Trump added that Warren would turn the U.S. into Venezuela.
Warren released a heavily produced video Monday along with a raft of related documents, strongly indicating she plans to run for president in 2020 - and that she considers herself vulnerable to President Trump's frequent barbs on the topic. His spokesperson, Kellyanne Conway, however, stated, "I haven't looked at the test".
The 69-year-old Warren, a leading progressive voice, has been derisively called "Pocahontas" by the president and accused of lying about her lineage in order to gain advantages in her career including a plum teaching job at Harvard. Warren claims Cherokee and DE heritage -- both of which use membership rolls to determine who qualifies for tribal citizenship, which Warren has never claimed.
Native American identity is based not on genetics but on culture and history. "I have a feeling she will say 'no'". I won't be persuaded until Ward Churchill has endorsed her claim.