Senator Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test earlier today, claiming that said results provide “strong evidence” for her Native American ancestry.
Chuck Hoskin Jr., the Cherokee Nation’s secretary of state, gave Warren a brutal fact check shortly after she celebrated the results. “Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Hoskin said of the “useless” tests.
Hoskin did not stop there, going after anyone “using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely,” an action he called “inappropriate and wrong.”
His statement was ended with a direct reference to Warren, who he said was “undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
Warren’s release comes after President Donald Trump boasted earlier in the year that he would give the senator one million dollars if a test proves she is “an Indian.”
The results of the test did not result in a payday, but instead were disastrous for her claims of Native American ancestry. A possible indigenous ancestor, six or ten generations removed, was identified. No other supporting documents were provided by Warren.
Carlos D. Bustamante, the Stanford University professor behind the analysis, even acknowledges the shortcomings of his process.
Because of a lack of Native American DNA, Bustamante admits he was forced to use samples from South America, including countries like Peru and Colombia.
That’s an entire hemisphere away from Warren’s claimed roots in Oklahoma Indian Territory.
This genetic distance didn’t seem to bother Warren in the slightest. She appears to believe she’s met Trump’s requirements of being “an Indian,” telling him to write the check out to her chosen charity.
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 (@ewarren) October 15, 2018
Her smug statements since the release have been roasted across social media, with many mocking the senator for celebrating an extremely distant relative as proof of heritage.
It didn’t take long for people to begin commenting on her test, with some baffled that she decided to release it in the first place.
Hilariously, Warren’s only Native American ancestor may have actually lived at the time of Pocahontas.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 15, 2018
It’s yet to be seen if Warren’s goof will affect any future presidential plans.
For now, it appears the only thing she’s accomplished is giving Donald Trump more ammunition to use against her.
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