During a rough week for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, there’s been an unexpected turn.
In the midst of the controversy surrounding the Democrat’s long-time claims of Native American ancestry, and her revelation of DNA results of 1/1024 Native American DNA, there was at least one news item that might excite the Harvard professor-turned-liberal lawmaker.
For about a minute.
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) October 15, 2018
Warren actually has been given a spot in the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., in, of all places, the Pocahontas exhibit.
But sharing the placement with her is none other than her arch foe, President Donald Trump. According to The Daily Caller, Trump and Warren’s photos in the exhibit include an explanation on a digital screen.
“President Donald Trump says that when he calls Senator Warren ‘Pocahontas’ he is not insulting her,” the caption reads – going on to characterize Warren’s Native American ancestry story as “claims.” The Cherokee Nation has blasted her attempt to argue the paltry amount of Native American shown in her DNA results justifies her claim to Indian heritage.
NEW: In a rare rebuke of Warren, @CherokeeNation says, "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong." The tribe, whose chief is a Democrat, usually avoids the topic. https://t.co/l2ScaBS6h5
— Justin Wingerter (@JustinWingerter) October 15, 2018
According to a Science Magazine article pubished in 2014, DNA Genetic Testing and Analysis company 23andMe released some interesting findings regarding the genetic make-up of Americans and they are not kind to Warren and her Native American claims.
For instance, “The average African-American genome, for example, is 73.2% African, 24% European, and 0.8% Native American.” That 0.8 is far more Native American ancestry than Warren has been shown to have, meaning the average black in America is far more Native American than Warren.
And it gets worse for Warren. “In Louisiana, too, about 8% of European Americans carry at least 1% Native American ancestry.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2017, the population of Louisiana as 4,684,333. Eight percent of that state’s “European Americans” have much more Native American ancestry than Warren does.
Warren has been mocked over her results and claims. One of funniest takes might be surprising to some.
The generally reserved Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has a staff that has been fairly playful on Twitter, and they recently took time to torch Warren by releasing his own “results.”
These DNA tests are quite something. pic.twitter.com/tCHmW7pJbj
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) October 15, 2018
And all of this points to a possible reason why Warren was put into the museum in the Pocahontas exhibit.
Not only did the controversy she caused draw attention to Native Americans, but it stirred a national conversation about what actually makes a person a Native American.
Thank you to the Cherokee Nation for revealing that Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, is a complete and total Fraud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018
Seems like a reasonable request:
A descendant of Pocahontas, the 17th-century Powhatan princess, said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) needs to apologize for claiming to be Native America for political gain. https://t.co/rHAqzlFx75
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 17, 2018
It also drew attention to what happens when politicians and careerists make unfounded claims to further themselves, at the expense of genuine minorities. If Warren’s claims got her advantages in education and academia, she may have been taking those away from the very people she claims to care about and fight for.
"Warren also listed herself as a minority in a legal directory published by the Association of American Law Schools from 1986 to 1995. She’s never provided a clear answer on why she stopped self-identifying.”https://t.co/WXTYuAMSce
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) October 15, 2018
The bottom line here is that Elizabeth Warren is finally getting recognition in a museum devoted to the story of Native Americans, but not at all the way she’s going to be happy about.
But it’s a good bet the man in the Oval Office had a good laugh about it.
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