Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test today that “strongly support” her claims of Native American ancestry, hitting back at President Donald Trump for mocking her and showing her seriousness about a 2020 presidential run.
The DNA test, conducted by Stanford University professor Carlos Bustamante, showed Warren’s likely Native American ancestry dates back six to 10 generations.
The release of the results were part of a rollout from Warren’s campaign showcasing her heritage while offering evidence that she did not benefit professionally from it. She was hired as an educator, Warren argued, because “she was an award-winning legal scholar and professor.”
The rollout, which came with a slick video showing Warren talking about her family with her older brothers, provided a glimpse into how Warren may take on Trump on the campaign trail, as she proactively tries to defuse one of his major attack lines against her.
But I am focusing on the Trump promise. So is Warren…
By the way, @realDonaldTrump: Remember saying on 7/5 that you’d give $1M to a charity of my choice if my DNA showed Native American ancestry? I remember – and here's the verdict. Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center: https://t.co/I6YQ9hf7Tv pic.twitter.com/J4gBamaeeo— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) October 15, 2018
Trump flatly and falsely denies ever promising he'd donate $1m if @SenWarren could prove she's Native American, as she now has: "Who cares? I didn't say that. Nope, you better read it again." https://t.co/EXeywoukYB pic.twitter.com/NaTORPzfMl— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 15, 2018
If only there was some — I don’t know — VIDEO evidence of Trump making that promise….
“We will take that little kit — but we have to do it gently. Because we’re in the #MeToo generation, we have to do it gently,” the president trolled. “And we will very genlty take that kit, and slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t injure her arm, and we will say: 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.”