Warren’s opponent calls DNA test proof of presidential ambitions
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 16, 2018,
Oct 16, 2018, 4:34
President Donald Trump's feud with Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA resumed in October 2018 after Trump falsely denied offering a challenge to Warren's claim that she had Native American ancestry.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday released the results of a DNA analysis that strongly supports she has some Native American ancestry, a rebuttal to President Donald Trump and other critics who have long derided her claim.
Warren, a Democrat from MA, is a widely rumored 2020 presidential candidate. Trump falsely denied ever making the offer and later said he would donate the money only if he can personally administer the genetic test.
In a video posted on her website that begins with Trump calling her "Pocahontas," Warren is speaking to Bustamante. While a faculty member at Harvard Law, Warren listed herself as a Native American in an academic directory between 1986 and 1995. "You better read it again".
Warren said she took the test because she had "nothing to hide" - then dared Trump to release his tax returns.
Warren responded by saying that her ancestry was family lore among relatives.
He has previously offered to make a $US1 million donation to a charity of Senator Warren's choice if she took a DNA test proving her claims.
But when asked by reporters on Monday, Trump claimed "I didn't say that". Warren to take a DNA test to prove whether she had Native American ancestors.
According to Stanford University Carlos D. Bustamante, who conducted the test, Warren's ancestor was part of her family tree "in the range of 6-10 generations ago".
Warren tweeted Monday morning that Trump could "send the check to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center". Warren claims Cherokee and DE heritage -- both of which use membership rolls to determine who qualifies for tribal citizenship, which Warren has never claimed. (The Globe initially miscalculated this, due to a math error.) In this latter case, Warren wouldn't be any more of a Native American than the average US citizen. And you make me look very bad, ' Trump said.
As Senator Elizabeth Warren's profile has risen over the last couple of years, she has seemed increasingly likely to run for president in the 2020 election. I think she's talking about this appropriately, but as a geneticist I want to stress this point: "No DNA test can tell you whether or not you're Native American". "I do not think she'd be very hard at all", Trump said, adding, "I don't want to say bad things about her because I hope she's one of the people that get through the process".
Native American identity is based not on genetics but on culture and history.