Warren Releases DNA Analysis Showing Evidence of Native American Heritage (#GotBitcoin?)
Democratic senator refutes President Trump’s assertion that she has been lying about family history. Warren Releases DNA Analysis Showing Evidence of Native American Heritage
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) released the results of a DNA analysis Monday indicating “strong evidence” she has Native American ancestry in a high-profile effort to refute President Trump’s assertion that she has been lying about her family history.
In a sign of intensifying preparation ahead of a possible 2020 presidential run, Ms. Warren on Monday unveiled a website and video highlighting an analysis from Carlos Bustamante, a professor of biomedical data science and genetics at Stanford University, that found while the vast majority of her ancestry is European, she likely had a Native American ancestor from six to 10 generations ago.
Whether Ms. Warren has Native American heritage has been the source of a long-running dispute with Mr. Trump. The president has often referred to the senator mockingly as “Pocahontas”—the name of a 17th-century Native American woman—including at a White House event last November honoring a group of Native American men for service during World War II.
Mr. Trump, when asked about Ms. Warren’s DNA test Monday, told reporters: “Who cares?”
“I hope she’s running for president because I think she’d be very easy,” Mr. Trump said. He said Ms. Warren would “destroy our country” and “make our country into Venezuela.”
Late last month, Ms. Warren said she would “take a hard look” at running for president after November’s midterm elections. Ms. Warren is considered one of the most liberal Democratic contenders eyeing a 2020 run.
Ms. Warren in a tweet on Monday reminded Mr. Trump that he had pledged at a Montana rally to write a $1 million check to the charity of her choice if “you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.”
“By the way, @realDonaldTrump: Remember saying on 7/5 that you’d give $1M to a charity of my choice if my DNA showed Native American ancestry? I remember – and here’s the verdict,” Ms. Warren wrote on Twitter Monday. “Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.” The nonprofit works to prevent violence against Native American women and children.
Asked about his pledge to write a $1 million check if Ms. Warren took a DNA test, Mr. Trump said: “I didn’t say that. You better read it again.”
Mr. Trump had made the $1 million pledge as part of a scenario in which, if he were debating her in a hypothetical 2020 race, he would ask her to take a DNA test.
Asked about Ms. Warren’s DNA test later in the day, Mr. Trump said he would only give the $1 million he pledged to charity if he could do the test himself, though he added that it would “not be something I will enjoy.”
During her 2012 Senate race, Ms. Warren faced accusations she had portrayed herself as part Native American to advance her academic career by sometimes describing herself as white and other times designating herself as a minority.
Then a Harvard Law School professor, she said at the time she had earned her jobs in academia and that she learned of her Native American heritage through family lore.
In a video released Monday by Ms. Warren’s campaign, several academic officials from the University of Texas Austin law school and Harvard Law School, among others, said Ms. Warren’s ancestry wasn’t a factor in the decision to hire her.
“My background played no role in my hiring,” Ms. Warren said in the video.
Ms. Warren, who grew up in Norman, Okla., said in the video that her father’s family had opposed his marrying her mother because she had Native American heritage. The two eloped when her mother was 19 and her father was 20, Ms. Warren said in a video where she discussed her family history with her three older brothers, her daughter and other relatives.
Trump Denies Promise To Give $1 Million To Charity If Warren Proved Her Native American DNA
At a July 5 rally in Montana, President Donald Trump went on a lengthy rant about one of his favorite targets: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and her claim to Native American ancestry.
Even then, Warren was rumored to be a likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. Trump, with glee, told the rally crowd he looked forward to making Warren “prove” her Native American heritage on the debate stage if the two were to square off.
“I’m going to get one of those little [DNA testing] kits and in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims she’s of Indian heritage…,” Trump said. “And we will say, ‘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.'”
The crowd cheered.
“And let’s see what she does,” Trump continued. “I have a feeling she will say no, but we’ll hold that for the debates. Do me a favor. Keep it within this room?”
After that Montana debate, Warren brushed off Trump’s taunts as she had multiple times before, whenever he deployed his derisive “Pocahontas” nickname for her.
Early Monday morning, however, Warren called Trump’s months-long bluff by releasing a DNA test that suggested she did have a distant Native American ancestor.
Warren also indicated she hadn’t forgotten about Trump’s promise in July.
“Remember saying on 7/5 that you’d give $1M to a charity of my choice if my DNA showed Native American ancestry?” she tweeted Monday. “I remember – and here’s the verdict. Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.”
The charity she chose is a nonprofit that seeks to protect Native American women from violence.
“Send them your $1M check, @realDonaldTrump,” Warren added.
Warren said she took the test because she had “nothing to hide” – then dared Trump to release his tax returns.
Standing on a soggy White House lawn Monday, Trump denied he had ever made the promise.
“Who cares?” he told reporters, when asked if he had heard about Warren releasing the results of her DNA test.
Another reporter brought up his promise of a $1 million charity donation.
“I didn’t say that,” Trump said. “Nah, you’d better read it again.”
Soon after, the Hill posted a fact-checked headline: “Trump denies offering $1 million for Warren DNA test, even though he did.”
Earlier Monday, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, dismissed Warren’s DNA test as “junk science,” an early indication that Trump is not likely to follow through on the donation promise he now denies having made.
“I haven’t looked at the test. I know that everybody likes to pick their junk science or sound science depending on the conclusion, it seems some days,” Conway told reporters. “But I haven’t looked at the DNA test and it really doesn’t interest me … ”
Trump has had a long history of making bold pledges to donate large sums of money to charity without actually delivering on those promises, as The Washington Post’s David A. Fahrenthold uncovered in a series of articles that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.
Fahrenthold said he was first intrigued by the question after Trump claimed during his presidential campaign he had raised $6 million for veterans, including $1 million of his own money.
Over the course of his reporting, Fahrenthold recounted Trump often did not follow through on his promised donations until pressured by the media, as evidenced by exchange in May 2016:
“On the phone, I asked Trump: Would you really have given this money away if I hadn’t been asking about it?
” ‘You know, you’re a nasty guy,’ he said. ‘You’re really a nasty guy.
“A few days later, Trump held a news conference in Trump Tower, where he answered my other question. Where was the remainder of the money Trump had raised from other donors, four months earlier? Turns out, it had been sitting in the Trump Foundation, unspent. In this news conference, Trump announced that he had given the last of it away – and he lashed out at the media for asking him to account for the money.
” ‘Instead of being like, “Thank you very much, Mr. Trump,” or “Trump did a good job,” everyone said : “Who got it? Who got it? Who got it?” And you make me look very bad,’ Trump said. ‘I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job.’ ”
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.
“I hope she’s running for president because I think she’d be very easy,” Trump told reporters. “I hope that she is running. I do not think she’d be difficult at all, she’d destroy our country. She’d make our country into Venezuela. With that being said I don’t want to say bad things about her because I hope she’d be one of the people that would get through the process.”
The charity Warren selected did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday. Though the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is a non-partisan organization, the group issued a condemnation last November of Trump’s continued use of “Pocahontas” as a derisive term.
Citing statistics from the National Institute of Justice, the NIWRC stated that 84.3 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women experience violence in their lifetime – the overwhelming majority at the hands of “non-Native perpetrators, who often act with impunity.”
The president’s invocation of Pocahontas as a joke only served to promote harmful stereotypes and continued violence against Native women, the group said.
“Just as Pocahontas is deserving of respect, so too are the many American Indian and Alaska Native veterans, who have fought proudly on behalf of the United States, including the Native women who have served or continue to serve our country,” the group stated.
“The use of the name ‘Pocahontas’ in any manner other than by way of acknowledging her courage and offering a subsequent apology, by any sitting President, dehumanizes this relative who, as a child survivor of rape, experienced colonization and genocide at the birth of the United States of America.”