Date: October 15, 2018
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, ridiculed by U.S. President Donald Trump as “Pocahontas” for claiming Native American heritage, hit back on Monday with DNA evidence she said supported her assertion, a possible preview of a bare-knuckles presidential campaign in 2020.
The Massachusetts lawmaker, known as a liberal firebrand in her party, said last month she would take a “hard look” at running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Trump in 2020. She and Trump clashed frequently through the 2016 presidential campaign and Trump has cast aspersions on her claim to Native American ancestry.
“When I decided to run for Senate in 2012, I never thought that my family’s Native American heritage would come under attack and my dead parents would be called liars,” she said in a statement on Monday.
“And I never expected the president of the United States to use my family’s story as a racist political joke,” she said.
Trump taunted Warren over the issue at a July rally in Montana.
“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,” he said. “I have a feeling she will say ‘no.’”
Warren reminded the president on Monday of his promise. “Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center,” she said on Twitter.
When asked about the DNA test, Trump said: “Who cares?” Then he denied making the comment, as he left Washington to visit hurricane-stricken areas in Florida and Georgia.
Warren provided the DNA test results in a statement, showing the lineage goes back six to 10 generations.”
My great grandmother was a full blooded Native American…I would tell you the nation [or, nations, as it was two consolidated nations on one reservation]…but, that’s a bit too easy to search…and pin me down to a geographical area.
I am one eighth Native American…
I never knew my great grandmother [the full blood]…nor her son, who was my grandfather…I only knew his children…my father, his brothers and sisters.
Lots of people know their great grandparents…but this was a very old, wide spanning family…This set of great grandparents did their living during the 1800’s, into the early 1900’s…They were gone many decades before I was born…not even my dad, aunts and uncles directly knew them.
So…my own Native American heritage is kind of severed…despite that it’s not very far back, in generations.
I’ve never been to any official tribal doings…and I’m not entirely sure how welcome I’d be…
…Though I tend to get along quite well, with other Native Americans I regularly happen across, who don’t live on one of the reservations.
I don’t get what the ruckus is…
…Maybe Warrens heritage shouldn’t be the spectacle it has become…but, still…I don’t see any justification in mocking her over it.