Trump opponent Warren reveals DNA test in challenge to president
WASHINGTON, Oct 15, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – US Senator Elizabeth Warren, a
potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, released DNA test results
Monday confirming her Native American ancestry and challenged Donald Trump to
donate the $1 million he promised if the results proved her claim.
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
But an analysis of her DNA performed by Stanford University professor
Carlos Bustamante concluded that while the vast majority of Warren’s ancestry
is European, there is definitive evidence that she has Native American blood.
“The facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in
your pedigree,” Bustamante said in a video released by Warren on Twitter.
The Democrat said Bustamante’s analysis concludes that her DNA “contains
Native American ancestry.”
According to the Boston Globe, Bustamante calculated that Warren’s Native
American ancestor appeared in her family tree “in the range of 6-10
The result appears to tie in with what Warren has said about her family
lore of a great-great-great-grandmother who was at least partially Native
Warren, who was raised in Oklahoma but represents Massachusetts, made an
elaborate rollout of the results Monday in order to dispel questions from
Republican critics that have dogged her for years.
“I never expected my family’s story to be used as a racist political joke,
but I don’t take any fight lying down,” she tweeted.
– ‘Who cares?’ –
Trump seized on Warren’s heritage claims during the 2016 presidential
campaign, when he labeled her “Pocahontas,” a racial slur.
At a campaign-style rally in July Trump revived the attack in a challenge
to Warren: “I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid
for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.”
Warren on Monday was quick to remind the president of his provocation,
pointing out that her chosen charity is the National Indigenous Women’s
“Send them your $1M check, @realdonaldtrump,” she said.
Asked by reporters about Warren’s DNA test, Trump responded dismissively:
But when pressed about her call for him to pay up, Trump turned defensive.
“I didn’t say that. You better read it again,” he said.
Warren’s four-minute video appears aimed at settling the longstanding
dispute about her blood line, as well as charges from critics that she used
her heritage to advance her career.
“My background played no role in my hiring,” she says in the video, which
includes clips from several bosses and co-workers saying she was hired on her
Warren’s results revelation is reminiscent of Barack Obama’s decision in
2011 to release his long-form birth certificate following years of haranguing
by Trump, who pushed the conspiracy theory that the nation’s first black
president was born in Kenya.
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