Democrat Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has long faced questions regarding her dubious claims of Native American heritage, a supposed heritage she is alleged to have used to claim minority status to advance her academic career at Harvard Law School.
The questionable nature of her claim — which essentially boils down to stories from her grandmother and her “high cheekbones” as evidence — has resulted in her being tagged with the derisively humorous nickname “Pocahontas” by President Donald Trump and has spurred demands that she produce some sort of indisputable proof to buttress her claim.
The controversy even caused a Massachusetts paper, the Berkshire Eagle, to suggest she simply take a commercial DNA test to settle the dispute once and for all.
But that simple $99 solution to end the debate doesn’t appear to be part of Warren’s plans, as she revealed during a round of Sunday morning talk shows.
“I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere,” Warren said on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” according to the New York Post.
Rather than produce a definitive answer to the question of her claimed heritage with a test, Warren instead implied that she would continue to rely solely upon the tale of how her parents originally met and feel in love and got married against the wishes of their families.
“My mother and daddy were born and raised in Oklahoma. My daddy first saw my mother when they were both teenagers,” Warren explained. “He fell in love with this tall, quiet girl who played the piano. Head over heels. But his family was bitterly opposed to their relationship because she was part Native American. They eventually eloped.”
“That’s the story that my brothers and I all learned from our mom and our dad, from our grandparents,” she added. “It’s a part of me and nobody’s going to take that part of me away.”
She also reiterated her previously announced plan to counter any mention of her as “Pocahontas” by Trump with a focus on the issues Native Americans face. “This is a group that is being injured every single day. We need to bring some attention to it and we need to put some resources on it,” she said.
Warren faced similar questions regarding her claimed heritage and a chance to settle the dispute on “Fox News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union” programs, where she offered up similar answers, according to CBS News.
“I went to speak to Native American tribal leaders and I made a promise to them that every time President Trump wants to try to throw out some kind of racial slur, he wants to attack me, I’m going to use it as a chance to lift up their stories,” she told CNN, and added that her claimed heritage is “a part of who I am and no one will take that from me.”
Warren also appeared to fend off assertions that she is planning on challenging Trump for the presidency in 2020, though she did leave herself some wiggle room to make a run if she were to reconsider.
The liberal Massachusetts senator could easily end the swirling debate surrounding her claimed Native American heritage with a simple DNA test, but she has refused to do so.
This is most likely because she knows that such a test will reveal to all that she is little more than a fraud who has milked a dubious claim of minority status for all it was worth.
This refusal, and the implied reasoning behind it of her being exposed as a liar about her roots, means that Trump and others will continue to mock her and she will have earned the alternative nicknames “Fauxcahontas” and “Lie-awatha.”
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