Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not up to the challenge of taking a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage.
Warren said in an interview about her ancestry on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere.”
There are mounting pressures for the Democrat lawmaker from Massachusetts to provide evidence of her Native American roots. Warren, a fierce Trump critic, has also gotten back hostilities from the President as he has mocked her as “Pocahontas” several times, the most recent of which was on Saturday.
At a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday night, Trump discussed Warren as a potential rival for the White House in his reelection bid in 2020. He said: “If I don’t win the election, news ratings are going to go so far down, they’ll be out of business, every one of them. Can you imagine? Can you imagine covering Bernie (Sanders) or Pocahontas? How about that?”
The Massachusetts Senator has repeatedly denied she was seeking the presidency, including in her NBC interview.
When continually pressed about her ancestry and taking a test to prove it, Warren opted to divert focus to her parents’ love story. She said: “My mother and daddy were born and raised in Oklahoma. My dad first saw my mother when they were both teenagers. He fell in love with this tall, quiet girl who played the piano. Head over heels. But his family was bitterly opposed to their relationship because she was part Native American. They eventually eloped.”
Warren has been slammed for merely relying on family lore for her claims rather than turning to the official tribal documentation of Native American heritage. She hit back at her critics, especially Trump, describing his attacks against her as “racial slur.”
Warren also urged the federal government to put more resources toward helping tribes, including to combat sexual violence.
It would have taken Warren a mere $99 to take the DNA test and put to close all doubts and questions about her ancestry.