President Donald Trump can not pass Senator Elizabeth Warren's DNA test.
A few days after Warren announced that she had formed a presidential exploratory committeeTrump made another move to the Massachusetts Democrat after a DNA test released last October that "strongly" suggested that she had a Native American heritage.
On Thursday, the President tweeted a message from the conservative The Daily Wire. "Warren – 1 / 2020th," reads the same.
It is both a reference to Warren's campaign and an (inaccurate) search of his patrimony. Warren's DNA test suggested that she could have had an Amerindian ancestor between six and ten generations ago. But after an inaccurate media analysis of her test, the president tweeted in October that Warren was perhaps around 1/1024 of Native Americans.
This earned him three Pinocchios of Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler, who concluded that even though Trump appeared to be falsified in the press, it was incorrect to say that Warren had less Indian blood than the average American.
Nevertheless, Trump shows no sign of retreating his claim. The test returned to Warren, who got the better of the Cherokee Nation. And now that she is officially studying the presidential race, Trump wants to keep as much heat as possible on Warren's weak spot.
Warren's DNA test, briefly explained
Warren passed the DNA test this fall after persistent questions about his claims on Native American heritage, including a challenge launched by Trump in July to pass the test.
L & # 39; DNA analysisinterpreted by Carlos Bustamante, a professor at Stanford University, concluded that if the "vast majority" of Warren's ancestors is European, the results "strongly suggest" the Native American heritage six to ten generations ago. Warren's team released the results for the boston globe.
But the Cherokee Nation says it's not good enough for Warren to be called Cherokee because having a documented Cherokee ancestor, no genetics, is what makes the difference.
Dylan Matthews from Vox has explained In February, Warren always said that his mother was part of the Cherokee group, even though Warren is not a registered member of the three Cherokee tribes federally. His ancestors do not appear on the Dawes Rolls, an official list of members of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw and Seminole tribes assembled in the early 20th century. Having a direct ancestor on the lists is a prerequisite for registration in the Cherokee Nation.
"Using a DNA test to assert any connection with the Cherokee Nation or a tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and erroneous," said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. "Senator Warren undermines tribal interests with his ongoing claims of tribal heritage."
Hoskin's statement also stated that Warren's DNA test "simulated DNA tests and their legitimate uses".
During the holidays, the Senator from Massachusetts explained what everyone had long assumed – that she intended to run for president in 2020 and formed an exploratory committee to that effect.
In September, the Boston Globe dipped deeply Did Warren's identity as an Aboriginal American contribute to her rise to the law school world? The investigation by journalist Annie Linskey determined that this has no impact on the hiring of Warren in prestigious universities, including Harvard.
But given Trump's persistent needles, Warren decided to clarify the issues.
"I did not sit quietly for @ realDonaldTrump's racism, so I did a test," said the senator tweeted in October. "But DNA and family history have nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined solely – and only – by tribal nations. I respect the distinction and do not mention me as aboriginal in the Senate. "
I will not sit quietly for @realDonaldTrumpRacism, so I did a test. But DNA and family history have nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined solely – and only – by tribal nations. I respect the distinction, and do not mention me as aboriginal in the Senate.
– Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) October 15, 2018
The Cherokee Nation's response to Warren's analysis would not have been better for Trump, who happily seized the statement in his own statement. tweet.
"Now, the Cherokee Nation denies it," the DNA test is useless, "said Trump," Even they do not want it.
Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes called Elizabeth Warren, is criticized. She passed a fake DNA test that showed that she could be 1/1024, much less than the average American. Now, the Cherokee nation denies it: "DNA testing is useless. Even those do not want it. False!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018
Warren's essay may have opened new lines of attack
Warren was clearly trying to end the issue of his Native American heritage, but in doing so, she may have opened new avenues of attack that Trump and other critics can use. The President and Republicans have put much more emphasis on Warren's claims regarding the Amerindian heritage than on his radical political proposals to eliminate corruption in Washington, to reduce the cost of housing and to increase accountability. companies.
In taking the test, Warren has angered at least one important tribe. Rather than settle the question by answering Trump's challenge, she prompted a new argument to question whether she should have passed the test, and she said she feared having hindered her presidential campaign even before it was launched.
The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center – an organization that raises awareness about violence against Native American women and families, and the charity Warren asked Trump to donate $ 1 million to her. bet on his DNA test – came to the defense of the senator this fall.
"We appreciate Senator Warren's efforts to raise public awareness of violence against Native American, Native American and Alaska women and families, which are too often invisible to most Americans," he said. the center in a statement. "As marginalized communities, we often find it difficult to place tribal interests at the center of the debate."
The East Cherokee Indian Band, one of three Cherokee tribes recognized by the federal government (the Cherokee Nation is another), also expressed support for Warren's decision.
"Senator Elizabeth Warren does not claim to be a citizen of any tribal nation, and she is not a citizen of the Eastern Band," said East Band Chief Richard Sneed. in a statement to Business Insider. "Like many other Americans, she has a family history of Cherokee and Delaware ancestry and evidence of Aboriginal ancestry.
Sneed stated that he thought Warren had shown respect for the tribal sovereignty of the Cherokee and that he had not used his family 's history or his evidence of his life. Aboriginal ancestry for employment or other advantage. "
Warren and his allies are trying to bring the conversation back to politics rather than his legacy. But now that she is one of the few big names on the circuit for 2020, do not expect Trump's taunts to go away soon.