After years of President Donald Trump derisively referring to Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas,” the Democratic senator and prospective presidential candidate took the extraordinary step of releasing a DNA analysis indicating “strong evidence” that she has “Native American ancestry.”
The report, posted on Monday on a new site devoted to dispelling rumors and attacks on her heritage and the personal stories of her upbringing, was conducted by Carlos Bustamante, a Stanford University professor with expertise in data science and genomics technology, Daily Beast reported.
The report concluded that the “vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European but that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor in the individual’s pedigree, likely in the range of six-10 generations ago.”
Of course, given the popularity of Trump’s “Pocahontas” line on the right, there were already indications Monday that the president and his allies would not be assuaged by any efforts verifying Warren’s claim to some Native American ancestry.
The analysis on the Massachusetts Democrat was done by Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante. He concluded Warren’s ancestry is mostly European but says “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”
Trump has repeatedly mocked his potential 2020 presidential election challenger as “Pocahontas,” going so far as to offer $1 million to a charity of her choice if she took a DNA test that proved her claims, AP/Boston Herald added.
The analysis was first reported by The Boston Globe and posted on the newspaper’s website along with a video produced by her Senate re-election campaign. In the video, Warren says: “The president likes to call my mom a liar. What do the facts say?”
Bustamante then replies: “The facts suggest that you absolutely have Native American ancestry in your pedigree.”
In an email Monday to supporters, Warren said she “never expected the President of the United States to use my family’s story as a racist political joke against Native American history, culture, and people — over, and over, and over.”