Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

'Who Cares?': Trump Reacts to Warren's DNA Test Showing Native American Ancestry

'Who Cares?': Trump Reacts to Warren's DNA Test Showing Native American Ancestry

Trump has repeatedly taunted Warren about her controversial claim to Native American heritage, using the slur "Pocahontas" and calling on her to take a DNA test.

While the "vast majority"' of Warren's DNA is European, Bustamente calculates that she probably has a pure Native American ancestor "in the range of 6-10 generations ago". Trump, with glee, told the rally crowd he looked forward to making Warren "prove" her Native American heritage on the debate stage if the two were to square off.

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.

The Globe said Warren provided the test results to the paper Sunday "in an effort to defuse questions about her ancestry that have persisted for years". That could further excite her critics instead of placating them.

Bustamante responds, "The facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in your pedigree". And Trump can say whatever he wants about me, but mocking Native Americans or any group in order to try and get at me?

Warren acknowledged that she had identified herself as a minority in a legal directory for almost a decade, and she was listed as a Native American in federal forms filed by the law schools at Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania where she worked, The Boston Globe reported in 2012.

On Monday morning, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, dismissed Warren's DNA test as "junk science", an early indication that Trump is not likely to follow through on the donation.

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The release of the DNA findings appear to be a way for Warren, who is expected to run for president in 2020, to put the issue at rest and remove a talking point from her opponents.

"I didn't say that".

The release of the DNA results could be a prelude to a possible presidential run. This is in part because Native American leaders have asked tribal members not to participate in genetic databases.

As Warren raises her national profile, Trump has returned more often to ridiculing her as "Pocahontas" in public speeches.

Warren replied that it's time "for women to go to Washington to fix our broken government, and that includes a woman at the top".

The video also sets out to debunk the false claim that Warren had gained a professional advantage in her previous career as a law professor by identifying herself as partly Native American.

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