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Elizabeth Warren releases results of DNA analysis to prove heritage

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) addresses a town hall meeting in Roxbury, Massachusetts, October 13, 2018. (Photo by Joseph PREZIOSO / AFP) (JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)

In a sign that she is seriously considering a White House run in 2020, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Monday the released results of an analysis she had performed on her DNA. President Donald Trump has long attacked Warren over her claims that she is a descendant of Native Americans. Trump has repeatedly mocked her using the name “Pocahontas” as a pejorative reference to her and even during a rally in July said he would donate $1 million to charity if she could prove her Native American heritage.

According to The Boston Globe, which first broke the news of the test results, there is “strong evidence” that Warren has some amount of Native American ancestry in her DNA profile. Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor who is an expert in DNA analysis, concluded that the majority of Warren’s DNA comes from Europe, but the that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.” According to Bustamante, the ancestor could go back 10 generations, meaning she could be anywhere from 1/32nd Native American to 1/1024th Native American.

Warren also timed the release of the results to coincide with a video she had made in which members of her family speak out about Trump’s attacks on her.

“It’s offensive to me, not just as Betsy’s cousin, but as a Native American,” Ann Rowsey White says in the video. The video also aims to dismantle Trump’s claims that Warren has fraudulently used her Native American heritage to gain advantages in college, law school and her career as a law professor. Several of the people who hired her or had a hand in her acceptance into law school and college said nothing could be further from the truth.

“Her name with respect to racial minority hires — no, never” came up, Randy Kennedy of Harvard Law School says in the video. Hank Gutman of the University of Pennsylvania Law School said, “We decided to hire her because she was the absolute best there was on the market.”

 

Also featuring heavily in Warren’s video is Trump, as video and audio of him calling her Pocahontas is peppered throughout, along with officials of his administration. Naturally, the president was asked about the results of the test on Monday as he waited to board Marine One outside the White House.

“Who cares?” was his response to the news. When a reporter asked him about the $1 million donation to charity, Trump replied, “I didn’t say that. You better read it again.”

Better yet, we went back and watched the video, which you can view below, to see what he said. Here are the president’s exact words: “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.”

 

NIWRC is a nonprofit working to protect Native women from violence. “More than half of all Native women have experienced sexual violence,” Warren wrote on Twitter, “and the majority of violent crimes against Native Americans are perpetrated by non-Natives.”

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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