Elizabeth Warren, President Trump Spar Over Cherokee Heritage

Lamar Ellis
October 16, 2018

Trump has continued to attack the MA senator and potential 2020 rival on Twitter charging Tuesday morning "that her claims of being of Indian heritage have turned out to be a scam and a lie" and saying she "should apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public".

In releasing the results, Warren referred back to a promise Trump made in July when he offered to donate $1 million to her favourite charity if a DNA test proved her Native American bloodline.

Warren, who is mulling a 2020 presidential run, has been repeatedly mocked by President Trump for claiming Native American heritage.

Huntsman then noted the Cherokee nation's rebuke of Warren, but that talking point didn't sit well with Whoopi Goldberg, who quickly jumped in, telling her colleague, "No, don't twist this". While the findings align with the Oklahoma native's family lore that that her great-great-great-grandmother was at least partially Native American, a 2014 study found that the average European American (as opposed to simply the average American, as Trump stated) was 0.18 percent Native American.

Later Monday, Trump said he did not owe Warren the money, saying that was contingent on her winning the nomination.

Watch the clip above via The View. "If this were a Republican right now, if this were Ted Cruz coming out here, saying he was Native American, and he was.009 (percent), you would be going insane". "Like most Americans, Elizabeth learned of her heritage through conversations with her grandparents, her parents, and her aunts and uncles", her campaign said.

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Trump also claimed that Warren would not have been hired as a Harvard law professor if not for claiming to be a "person of color". But Warren's unpopularity spiked, with three times as many voters saying they disliked her.

"I think I can beat her", Graham said. "Nothing like that ever happened, that was clearly not the use for it, and so I stopped checking it off", she said. But could her DNA test backfire on her efforts to get out from under this years-long controversy?

But Warren's DNA test could backfire for her: Warren wanted to put Trump's attacks at rest by taking this test. While she has not yet campaigned for Democrats in neighboring New Hampshire, she was among the first elected officials to call gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly on the night of her primary election victory. Brown's campaign demanded that Warren apologize for letting Harvard hold her up as a minority decades ago.

President Obama's 2012 presidential campaign manager doesn't like the optics.

"It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonouring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven", Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement.

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