Why Everything You Have Read About Warren's DNA Test Is Wrong

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2018

Despite a bipartisan wave of backlash, Sen.

What reason did she give?

Regarding a certain Democratic Massachusetts senator and Presidential aspirant, President Donald Trump called you out and you played the game-and now you lost. Both of my opponents have made the same attack.

Back in 2015, researchers at 23andMe and Harvard University published the results of a genetic analysis of ancestry among the American people.

The Boston Globe said the test revealed the potential for a Native American ancestor in her family tree six to 10 generations ago. "I've been told my grandmother was part Cherokee Indian".

However, when Warren entered politics her story gained deeper scrutiny and began to unravel.


Earlier this year, the senator released personnel files seeking to dispute critics who have alleged that the former Harvard Law School professor advanced her law career with a narrative that she is a descendant of Cherokee and DE tribes. Warren even submitted recipes to an American Indian cookbook called "Pow Wow Chow", which was released in 1984 by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Among Warren's possible 2020 competitors are former Vice President Joe Biden and at least four of Warren's fellow Democratic senators: Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Referring to her by the racist moniker Pocahontas, Trump said: "She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024 [Native American, ] far less than the average American ..." Her announcement was greeted with scorn by Cherokee Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., who wrote: "A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship". "Sen. Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage".

Trump couldn't stop himself from shaming this con artist.

"Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed", he wrote on Twitter.

When asked whether, based on the results, she made a mistake identifying herself as Native American as a law professor, Warren expressed regret but stopped short of admitting error. They'll cover for Arizona Senate candidate Rep. Kyrsten Sinema saying that she didn't care if Americans joined the Taliban (CNN's headline: "Kyrsten Sinema's Anti-War Activist Past Under Scrutiny as She Runs for Senate").


The way was left open to Trump to initiate another round of attacks. Descendants of black slaves the Cherokee once owned are also members of the tribe.

Liberal columnist Dana Milbank criticized Warren in the Washington Post.

After playing the video of Trump's promise, Goldberg opened the discussion by asking if the president "owes her some money". "Why can't Dems ever stay focused???" tweeted Jim Messina, former President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign manager.

In a society where people of color are making strides in economic mobility and social advancement, we do not need Elizabeth Warren cloaking herself as a minority to promote faux victimization. Harvard's law school bragged about her as a Native American hire. "I understand that distinction".


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