Warren Releases Results Of DNA Test Showing Native American Ancestry
Seeking defuse frequent attacks by President Donald Trump, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released the results of a DNA test on Monday that support her claims of Native American ancestry.
The results of the test conducted by Stanford University professor Carlos Bustamante show the vast majority of Warren’s ancestry is European but also strongly support the existence of a Native American ancestor.
The analysis identified 5 genetic segments as Native American in origin at high confidence, with the ancestor likely in the range of 6-10 generations ago.
“The facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in your pedigree,” Bustamante tells Warren in a video released along with the test results.
The release of the test results comes as Trump has repeatedly mocked Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry, often referring to the Senator as “Pocahontas.”
“I never expected my family’s story to be used as a racist political joke, but I don’t take any fight lying down,” Warren said in a post on Twitter.
Warren also noted on Twitter that Trump offered to give $1 million to a charity of her choice if her DNA showed Native American ancestry.
The Senator told Trump to send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, a non-profit organization working to protect Native women from violence.
However, Trump was dismissive of Warren’s release of the test results in remarks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, saying “Who cares?” and denying that he offered to donate $1 million to charity.
Warren responded by releasing a video of Trump making the offer during a rally in Montana in July and questioning whether the president is having “memory problems.”
“I will give you $1 million to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” Trump said at the rally.
The president may seek to avoid donating the $1 million to charity by relying on the fact he was describing a hypothetical presidential debate with Warren.
Trump told reporters he hopes Warren will run for president in 2020, arguing that she would be “very easy” to defeat.
“I do not think she’d be difficult at all,” Trump said. “She’ll destroy the country. She’ll make our country into Venezuela.”
Warren is currently running for re-election to a second term in the Senate but is widely seen as a likely candidate for the Democratic president nomination.
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