Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah posted a tweet Monday evening mocking Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test results that she claims proves she is of Native American descent.
Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who is considered a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, posted the results Monday of a DNA test she took which said that a Native American ancestor shows up in her ancestry anywhere from six to 10 generations ago.
Hatch had some fun with Warren’s results, posting a photo of him looking like he was checking out the results of his own DNA test on his phone.
Next to the image of Hatch was a text message that read, “DNA TEST RESULTS. 1/1032 T-Rex. The rest: other dinosaurs.”
The caption under the image read, “These DNA tests are quite something.”
These DNA tests are quite something. pic.twitter.com/tCHmW7pJbj
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) October 15, 2018
Warren has been under pressure to prove that she is a descendant from Native Americans after she once listed herself as a minority on an application to be a law professor at Harvard by indicating she was part Cherokee.
That claim has been mocked repeatedly by President Donald Trump, who has given Warren the nickname “Pocahontas.”
The president accused the senator of lying about her Native American heritage and even offered $1 million to the charity of her choice if she could prove that she was “an Indian.“
On Monday, Trump said that he would only dish out the $1 million if he could “test her personally.”
But as noted in a Western Journal story Monday, the DNA test result includes the possibility that she’s just 1/1024th Native American if the ancestry goes back 10 generations.
According to that math, if Warren is just 1/1024th Native American, that would put her has having a possibility of only a .098 percent Native American ancestry.
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. on Monday called out Warren for posting her test results. “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” he said.
“It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven,” Hoskin added.
By posting the results, Hoskin said the senator is “undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
According to The Hill, while the Cherokee Nation, unlike other tribes, doesn’t have a “minimum blood quantum for citizenship,” the nation requires that a person must have at least “one ancestor listed on a federal census used to allot Cherokee land in the early 1900s known as the Dawes Final Rolls.”
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