Reviving his attacks from the 2012 Massachusetts Senate campaign, former Republican Sen. Scott Brown suggested Monday Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren should take a DNA test or release records to answer questions about her past claims of being a Native American.
The RNC hosted Brown — who lost to Warren in 2012 — for a conference call on Monday to react to the Democrat’s appearance at a rally in Ohio with Hillary Clinton.
“As we all know, she’s not Native American,” Brown said on the call, when asked by a reporter about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump dismissively calling her “Pocahontas.”
During the 2012 campaign, it was revealed that Harvard Law School referred to her in publications as a Native American minority. Warren never produced evidence backing up her ancestry claim, saying she learned about it from family members. The scandal nearly derailed her campaign.
On Monday, Brown continued to call for Warren to release records that would indicate whether she claimed to be a minority in order to help her get jobs at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.
“She has no Native American background except for what her family told her,” Brown said Monday. “The easy answer on that, as you all know, is that Harvard and Penn can release the records, she can authorize the release of those records, she can take a DNA test, she can release the records herself — and there’s never been any effort.”
Brown called it a “character issue” and accused Warren of taking jobs from real Native Americans.
“What did that do?” Brown asked. “That took away somebody who truly was a Native American and gave that opportunity to somebody who is not. And that’s just not right. It’s a reverse form of racism, quite frankly.”