The Elizabeth Warren Native American ancestry debate, explained


On Monday evening, Warren launched a freakish Twitter rant in defense of her decision, which many claimed was another indication of her desire to challenge Trump as the Democratic nominee for the presidency in 2020. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) deceptively began to claim Native American heritage to benefit her career as a law professor.

What's unclear is whether Warren's DNA gambit will allow her to put the controversy in the past, or whether it endures in jokes and political lore. "It may soothe his ego - but it won't work", Warren tweeted. More than a dozen women have accused him of sexual misconduct - all liars, Trump says.

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement that DNA tests are not evidence to be used to lay a claim to any tribe.

"What went unreported by the networks was the fun statistic that showed that since Warren could have between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American DNA, it meant her mix could be below average for White people", MRC news analyst Nicholas Fondacaro wrote, adding that Cherokee Nation's condemnation of Warren's claims went unreported.

He was joined in criticism of Warren by the Cherokee Nation, who late on Monday released a statement about Warren's disclosure.

"Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win house and senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her announcement now?"

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But Warren also said she didn't approve the school using her background to talk about minority status and that she didn't remember talking about her heritage with the school, especially during the hiring process. And the Boston Globe also reported that for at least six years, Harvard University reported to the federal government that it had a Native American law professor. "Like most Americans, Elizabeth learned of her heritage through conversations with her grandparents, her parents, and her aunts and uncles", her campaign said. And like Brown's campaign in 2012, Trump has stepped in it in a way that's handed Warren some leverage. Scott Brown - a Republican anomaly in MA - and she was one of the Democrats' best efforts to pick up a Senate seat that year.

Warren has also designated staff to help candidates in the states with early presidential primaries, including former staffers now working for state parties in New Hampshire and SC.

The Warren DNA matter quickly became part of political culture.

The test results backfired.

"The rest: other dinosaurs", the tweet reads.

Warren has defended herself, saying she did not benefit professionally from claiming Indigenous lineage. "It's like the Kool-Aid Man saying, "I don't actually care about Kool-Aid.' No no no no no - you jumped through my f*uckin" wall because you were that excited that I was maybe doing to drink Kool-Aid, and now I have to call a contractor to fix this sh*t".