Elizabeth Warren not running for president
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 12, 2018,
Mar 12, 2018, 4:38
Elizabeth Warren is hoping to defuse an issue that has dogged her for years, her claims of Native American heritage, ahead of a possible run for president in 2020.
The Massachusetts Democrat has been under increased pressure to provide evidence of her Native American roots, with President Trump repeatedly mocking her as "Pocahontas" as recently as Saturday. Asked if she will, Warren instead talked about her family and Native American issues.
"I know who I am and never used it for anything", Warren said Sunday in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press". "Can't seem to make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without trying to make something else out of it", she added.
The Democrat, who had reportedly claimed family ties to Cherokee and DE tribes, said she was unaware that the university had promoted her as a minority professor, according to the Associated Press. Chuck Todd asked Warren if she would take the DNA test as the Berkshire Eagle suggested.
But Warren's story has come under scrutiny for relying on family lore rather than official tribal documentation of Native American heritage.
Asked repeatedly if she would serve a full six-year term if re-elected, Warren said she was not running for president and would fight "for the people of MA, and for the people across this country". "It's about my family's story because my family's story is deeply apart of me and apart of my brothers".
"Only Elizabeth Warren can answer why she assumed a Native American identity as she was climbing the career ladder in academia", Lindstrom said. "It's a part of me and nobody's going to take that part of me away". It's a term that Warren has said she considers a racial slur.
Warren's 2018 senatorial opponent, Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai (I-Mass.), sent her a DNA test kit for her birthday in 2017, but claimed it was "returned to sender".
A directory of law professors listed Warren as a minority from 1986 to 1995, just before she joined Harvard Law School.
But Rebecca Nagle, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation living in Oklahoma, has said Warren needs to apologize for her "false claims", saying there's no evidence the former Harvard Law School faculty member has Native American heritage. "More than half of all native women have been the victims of sexual violence", she said.