Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was speaking at a rally when a protester interrupted her by shouting “Why did you lie?” as reported by Newsweek.
CBS46 has captured footage of the man before being removed with his “Warren 1/2020” sign, jabbing at Warren’s claims to have Native American descent.
After being interrupted, Warren said, “Be easy, be easy… It’s okay, it’s okay,” before the crowd launched into a chant of, “Warren, Warren,” as the man was removed from the event.
The “1/2020th” mock campaign logo references a DNA test Warren took to prove her Native American heritage. Back in October, she released results that showed she had between 1/64 and 1/1,024 Native American genes, according to The Boston Globe.
“The facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in your pedigree,” Stanford University genetics professor Carlos Bustamente told Warren in a video released at the time. Her test results suggest the senator has a Native American ancestor six to 10 generations back.
The logo “1/2020th” was also posted by the founder of the conservative news site The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro, on December 31, following Warren’s announcement for her presidential bid.
President Donald Trump —who regularly mocks Warren with the nickname “Pocahontas”— tweeted out the logo January 3. He previously promised to donate $1 million to a charity of her choice if a DNA test supported her ancestry claims.
A number of Native Americans have slammed Warren for even taking the DNA test in the first place.
“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said at the time. “Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation,” Hoskin Jr. said using a DNA test in such a way was “inappropriate and wrong.”
After all the remarks and controversy Warren issues an apology via Twitter.
“DNA & family history has nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined only—only—by Tribal Nations. I respect the distinction, & don’t list myself as Native in the Senate,” she tweeted.
Warren apologized for saying she is a Native American on an old State Bar of Texas registration card obtained by The Washington Post.