Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Test Indicating Native American Ancestry

Sen. Elizabeth Warren addresses a town hall meeting in Roxbury Mass. earlier this month Sen. Elizabeth Warren addresses a town hall meeting in Roxbury Mass. earlier this month
Andrew Cummings | 15 October, 2018, 18:57

Asked Monday if he would be donating $1 million to a charity, now that Ms. Warren has taken a DNA test, Mr. Trump replied, "I didn't say that".

"And Trump can say whatever he wants about me", she adds.

Ms Warren, who is up for re-election in MA, shared the report along with a video of family and colleagues discussing her heritage on Monday.

Bustamante, who won a 2010 MacArthur fellowship, also known as a Genius Grant, found that the "vast majority" of Warren's ancestry is European, but "the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor". A large archive of university documents demonstrate that the hiring committees at Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania viewed Warren as a white woman. Last month, the Globe reported that her heritage was not considered by Harvard Law faculty when analyzing her application in the 1990s.

Warren had de-emphasized her Cherokee lineage since winning her Senate seat in 2012, but the president's use of the issue to marginalize her was always expected to become a flashpoint if the two were to go head-to-head in 2020.

On Monday - in a move that makes her presidential ambitions unmistakable - Warren released a test that appears to do just that. The senator has told this story many times before.

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Part of that preparatory process is fortifying her defence against Donald Trump's repeated questions about her claims of Native American heritage, including his derisive references to her as "Pocahontas". "I understand and respect that distinction, but my family history is my family history".

Detecting DNA for Native Americans is particularly tricky because there is an absence of Native American DNA available for comparison.

"I do not think that she'd be hard at all. I never used it to advance my career".

The campaign style video, raising and debunking attacks on her, could also be seen as evidence that Warren has learned the lessons of another failed Democratic nominee, John Kerry, who refused to aggressively confront false claims about his service in Vietnam raised by an outside group, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, in 2004. "A deep, independent investigation shows my background played no role in any job I got".

According to the paper, the disclosure is another strong sign that she is seriously considering running for president. "Trump hasn't turned over his taxes, he hasn't turned over anything".

Warren is then shown getting the test results from Carlos Bustamante, a professor of Biomedical Data Science, Genetics and Biology at Stanford University, who has advised the genetic testing services Ancestry.com and 23andMe as well as the PBS series "Finding Your Roots". "I think it means that she's definitely running for president because she wanted to put this behind her, and the politics of this are more interesting".

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