Obama’s Former Campaign Manager is Pretty Ticked About Warren’s DNA Stunt

Frederick Owens
October 16, 2018

Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test Monday showing evidence of Native American ancestry, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to ridicule the Massachusetts Democrat and potential 2020 challenger, who he often refers to derisively as "Pocahontas".

Trump has continued to attack the MA senator and potential 2020 rival on Twitter charging Tuesday morning "that her claims of being of Indian heritage have turned out to be a scam and a lie" and saying she "should apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public". Elizabeth Warren took, which showed she has Native American ancestry, is "completely irrelevant to the process" of determining her tribal identity, the Cherokee Secretary of State told NPR's Morning Edition.

He called it "phony" and said even the Cherokee Nation denies Warren.

President Trump has repeatedly referred to the possible 2020 presidential contender sarcastically as "Pocahontas" including during an Oval Office event previous year honoring Native American code talkers for their service during World War II. But it strongly supported the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor in her pedigree from six to 10 generations ago. He later upped the ante by saying "I'll only do it if I can test her personally". Furthering Warren's self-own, it turns out the average American has 0.8 percent Native blood, making her claim even less impressive.

Warren's disclosure was met with a scoff by Trump, who succinctly said "who cares?" when asked about the results by reporters.

Abby Huntsman echoed Hostin's take, stating, "I think of her as a smart woman and not getting into petty politics, and that's exactly what this is, so I found this to be pretty embarrassing for her. Huntsman I think the majority of this room right here is probably more native American than Elizabeth Warren is".

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Warren has defended herself, saying she did not benefit professionally from claiming Indigenous lineage. "I respect the distinction, & don't list myself as Native in the Senate".

Warren's heritage has been under scrutiny since 2012 during her campaign for the Senate against Scott Brown who ran attack ads aimed at her "Cherokee" heritage. Mocked by Trump, Warren was then spurned by the Cherokee Nation, the largest of three federally recognized Cherokee Indian tribes in the US.

Trump said on Monday, while touring damage of Hurricane Michael in Florida, that the promise was contingent on her winning the 2020 Democratic primary and debating him during the campaign, and that he would only pay up if he could test her DNA "personally".

She fired back at Trump within minutes: "You've lost a step, and in 21 days, you're going to lose Congress".

Harvard did not call Warren "a person of color" and hire her to to teach law because of her Native ancestry. "This is not something I would enjoy doing either".

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