Wednesday , 14 November 2018

Elizabeth Warren releases DNA analysis on Native American ancestry: Report

Progressive stalwart and frequent Trump target Sen. Elizabeth Warren has released results of a DNA test giving “strong evidence” that she had a Native American ancestor dating back several generations, The Boston Globe reported.

The Massachusetts senator provided the test results to the newspaper on Sunday, the Globe said. The test was conducted by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor and expert in DNA analysis.

ABC News has not seen the report.

The ancestry of Warren, a Democrat considered a possible presidential contender in 2020, has been a target for President Trump, who has repeatedly referred to her sarcastically as Pocahontas.

“We have a representative in Congress who has been here for a long time … longer than you. They call her Pocahontas!” Trump said at an Oval Office event last year honoring Native American code talkers for their service during World War II. His quip at an event paying tribute to Native Americans received swift backlash.

Warren told MSNBC shortly after Trump’s remark that it was “deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur.”

The question of Warren’s ancestry during her first run for U.S. Senate in 2012 when the Boston Herald reported she registered as a minority in law school directories in the 1980s. Warren defended herself by claiming she was told of her Native American ancestry by family members and that the registry entry was for meeting persons with similar backgrounds, rather than to advance her career.

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ABC News’ Adam Kelsey contributed to this report.

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