Trump Taunts Warren’s ‘Bogus’ DNA Test Results

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump taunted Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s release of DNA test results showing she may have a distant ancestor of Native American descent, in a Tuesday morning tweet.

“Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed,” Trump tweeted. “She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, ‘DNA test is useless.’ Even they don’t want her. Phony!”

“Now that her claims of being of Indian heritage have turned out to be a scam and a lie, Elizabeth Warren should apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public,” he continued. “Harvard called her ‘a person of color’ (amazing con), and would not have taken her otherwise!”

Warren shared the results of her DNA test with the Boston Globe Monday which was conducted by a Stanford researcher. “The results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor,” the researcher said in a summary of Warren’s ancestry findings, adding that the ancestor was likely in her genealogy “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.”

Warren’s results show that she possibly ranges from 1/64th Native American to 1/1024th Native American. Warren was harshly criticized by the Cherokee Nation for the release of her results saying “Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” adding “it makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven.”

Warren has long claimed to have Native American ancestry based upon familial lore even going so far as to submit recipes to a cookbook dedicated to Native American cuisine. Harvard Law School featured her as a “minority” professor with  in the 1990’s based on her self-listing in a directory as a Native American.

Warren’s decision was also criticized by former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, saying, “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? Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???”