Warren managed to parry Brown's attacks, denying she had lied about her heritage but admitting she didn't have documentation to prove it, either. Now, a DNA test proves that there may be a grain of truth to Warren's claim.
BOSTON That "Pocahontas" taunt must have rankled. Warren on Monday released the results of a DNA test to The Boston Globe, and an expert told the publication there was "strong evidence" that the senator has a Native American ancestor.
Last August, Warren took steps to refute the president and find out what really was in her family history.
The test showed she has from one 1/1024th Native American blood, to up to one 1/64th.
Specifically, Trump has claimed that the MA senator fraudulently identified as Native American during her career, as a means of exploiting affirmative action in academic hiring. "He's talking about stuff he doesn't have any idea about", Mark Herring, her nephew, says in the video.
Jennifer Raff, an assistant professor in the anthropology department at the University of Kansas, said the geneticist who analyzed Warren's DNA is a prominent scholar in the field, and the method he used and the way he used it was appropriate. "Period", Jay Westbrook, a professor at the University of Texas Austin School of Law, says in the video.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's heavily promoted DNA test showing she likely has some Native-American ancestry ended up handing more fodder to Republican critics, who pointed out the test results indicate she could actually have less Native-American heritage than the average European American. In it, she said: "The president likes to call my mom a liar. What do the facts say?"
Bustamante replied: "The facts suggest that you absolutely have Native American ancestry in your pedigree". He says the test carries an error rate of "less than one in 1,000".
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"She comes from a well-documented line of white people and so there is ample evidence that all of her ancestors are documented white people on the census rolls, by their marriage and birth and death certificates since going back before the Trail of Tears", she added, referring to the forced migration of Native Americans to west of the MS in the 1830s. But 'the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor, ' he wrote.
Such a finding could potentially further excite Warren's critics instead of placating them.
Trump was asked about the DNA test and his one million dollar offer and told CNN, "Who cares? Learn your heritage... and we will say, 'I will give you a million dollars, paid for by Trump, to your favorite charity if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian".
The senator's accompanying video begins with a clip of the president mocking her at a rally, saying: "She said she's Native-American and I said, Pocahontas!". She went on to request that the president send a check to National Indigenous Women's Resource Center.
The White House also tried to quickly dismiss the results.
Warren's move predictably provoked pushback from Trump at the White House on Monday, feeding the instant media excitement.
Immediately after denying he had promised to donate to a charity of Warren's choice, Trump seemed to welcome her as an opponent in 2020. "But you know what, I like you".