Donald Trump rains insults on Elizabeth Warren after DNA test

Trump rival takes up DNA test challenge - INTERNATIONAL

"The facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in your pedigree", Mr. Bustamante said in a video released by Ms. Warren on Twitter. However, a recent exhaustive review of documents and interviews with Warren's former colleagues by The Boston Globe found no evidence that her claims of Native American heritage were ever considered by those involved in the hiring process.

While Warren now counts her Native heritage as part of her family's lore, she did at several points in time refer to herself as "Native American" and "Cherokee".

She will be a candidate for MA when the November 6 elections roll around this year.

Gyasi Ross, an author focused on Native American issues and culture, told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that "there is definitely a level of anger, of tone-deafness" in Warren's approach.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez, left, and congressional Democratic candidate Ayanna Pressley, second from the left. Using DNA as "proof" of ancestry is not only bad science, Navajo geneticist Krytal Tsosie writes at The Atlantic, it's an affront to the traditional tribal definitions of lineage that undergird their nation status.

But Hoskin did not just defend the pride of his tribe or Native American tribes in general.

"Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong", Chuck Hoskin Jr., the secretary of state for the Cherokee Nation, said in a statement after Warren's results went public.

Warren acknowledged in a tweet Monday that DNA and family history have nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined by tribal nations.

Ms Warren's self-proclaimed Native American heritage had been challenged previously by her 2012 Republican opponent in the senate race in MA, who accused her of using it to gain an unfair advantage in getting coveted university positions.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump successfully annihilated the Republican primary field using nicknames like "Low energy Jeb", "Lyin' Ted" and "Little Marco" as his favorite weapon of choice. The President most notoriously referred to Warren as Pocahontas at an official White House event honoring veteran Navajo code talkers.

Warren tweeted that Trump is a "cowardly elitist" and that she "won't sit quietly for Trump's racism" so she took the test. "I didn't say that. This is the thing you've been obsessed about for years", Trevor Noah said on "The Daily Show". "What she was trying to do was put this to bed so she could run against President Donald Trump in 2020".

She also said she took the test and released the results because she has nothing to hide, calling out Trump for hiding his tax returns. He says she should apologize.

The nation's 573 federally recognized tribes do not have a single standard for determining membership. What I do care about is, are Democrats really going to take lessons from this cycle, from what we're seeing happening here from Stacey Abraham and Andrew Gillam and so many others, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

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