Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The Elizabeth Warren Native American ancestry debate, explained

The Elizabeth Warren Native American ancestry debate, explained

Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) releasing a DNA test Monday suggesting that she has distant Native American ancestors.

The MRC noted that NBC's "Nightly News" was "eager to prove that it was somehow a bad day to be President Trump", while focusing on Warren's claim that there is "strong evidence" of her Native American ancestry. "She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American".

MULLIN: It does. The idea that she's trying to claim the Cherokee, for one, and look, every time she's told this story we've come out and actually proved that the story is not even true.

In his statement, the Republican president was referring to the DNA test's conclusion that Warren likely had at least one Native American ancestor dating back six to 10 generations, which would make her between between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American, or between 1.6 percent and 0.1 percent.

Warren, who is mulling a 2020 presidential run, has been repeatedly mocked by President Trump for claiming Native American heritage.

That wasn't enough for Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. He later upped the ante by saying "I'll only do it if I can test her personally".

Harvard did not call Warren "a person of color" and hire her to to teach law because of her Native ancestry. "Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation".

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Warren tweeted that Trump is a "cowardly elitist" and that she "won't sit quietly for Trump's racism" so she took the test.

The closest Warren got to acknowledging that she proactively listed herself as Native American at work was when she said she put her heritage in that national directory in hopes of finding other professors across the country with similar backgrounds: "I listed myself in the directory in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group something that might happen with people who are like I am".

As for Who Cares?, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah has a pretty terrific response - watch it below - but first, a recap of the recent back-and-forths between Trump and Warren.

"That will not be something I enjoy doing either", Trump said. "What are YOU hiding, @realDonaldTrump?" she wrote.

On Monday, Trump denied making that claim and said he would only give her the money he promised on the campaign trail if he could administer the DNA test himself.

Warren was referring to the November 6 election, when Democrats hope to regain control of the House, which would put them in position to examine and possibly publicly release Trump's returns.

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