After years of questions about her ancestry, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., found a Stanford professor who produced a DNA test that showed “strong evidence” Warren had Native American blood in her family tree.
But like most things when it comes to the liberal zealot, her big “disclosure” Monday raised more questions for Warren than it provided clarity — beginning with a major math problem.
Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante determined in his analysis that there is “strong evidence’’ Warren had a Native American in her family “in the range of 6-10 generations ago,” the Boston Globe reported.
Bustamante, considered an expert in the field, found the “vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European, but “results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”
But as the paper noted that the “imprecision” of the analysis leaves a wide range of possibilities based on whether Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smigh, who is at the center of her claim, hid Native American connections to avoid discrimination.
“Smith was born in the late 1700s. She identified as white in historical documents, though at the time Indians faced discrimination, and Smith would have had strong incentives to call herself white if possible.
“The inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If her great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, that puts her at 1/32nd American Indian. But the report includes the possibility that she’s just 1/1024th Native American if the ancestor is 10 generations back.”
Saagar Enjeti, the White House correspondent for The Daily Caller tweeted a math error noted by The Globe that took suspect numbers from 1/512th Native American to 1/1024.
BOSTON GLOBE: "Due to a math error, a story about Elizabeth Warren misstated the ancestry percentage of a potential 10th generation relative. It should be 1/1,024."
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) October 15, 2018
But that didn’t stop Warren from taking to Twitter to tout that “a famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded that it contains Native American ancestry,” along with a 5-plus minute video that could serve as a presidential campaign launch.
President Trump is called out in the video for mocking her alleged Native American heritage, with clips of him calling her “Pocahontas” being featured.
The president said during a campaign rally in Montana over the summer that he’d challenge her to use one of those DNA kits they “sell on television for $2” IF Warren brought up her heritage during a debate.
“I will give you $1 million to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” he told the crowd he would tell Warren. “I have a feeling she will say no.”
Proclaiming victory, Warren called on Trump to follow through with his pledge — but she may have wanted to wait on that.
By the way, @realDonaldTrump: Remember saying on 7/5 that you’d give $1M to a charity of my choice if my DNA showed Native American ancestry? I remember – and here's the verdict. Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center: https://t.co/I6YQ9hf7Tv pic.twitter.com/J4gBamaeeo
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) October 15, 2018
Presidnet Trump responded to the DNA results to say, “Who cares?”
He also stated that he did not pledge to donate 1 million dollars to charity if she could prove her ancestry.
“I didn’t say that, you better read it again,” Trump told reporters — which rings true, given that he made the suggestion while stating a hypothetical.
Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin responded with her own suggestion to how Trump should respond.
1/1024 "Native American" indirectly derived from South American genetic markers is "proof" of Native heritage?
1/1024 of $1 million = $976.56.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 15, 2018
One thing seems certain, Warren is “100% running” against Trump in 2020, according to former Obama adviser David Axelrod.
Pretty extraordinary video to surface even before you enter the race. It says:
1)@SenWarren is 100% running.
2)She thinks this Pocahontas crap is a potential problem.
3)She wants to dispose of it now, lest she be Birtherized.
The risk I’m sure she considered? This elevates it. https://t.co/zzxVFdL00C
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) October 15, 2018
However, as Axelrod noted, Monday’s disclosure “elevates” the “Pocahontas crap.”
Twitter was sure was lit on the subject matter, with the ridicule flowing freely:
Oh for god's sake! I'm pretty sure George Custer had more American Indian blood than that.
— Dennis Miller (@DennisDMZ) October 15, 2018
Elizabeth Warren has to go back 10 generations to find a non-white person in her family lineage. Warren is extremely, extraordinarily, almost completely white. Way whiter than the average whitey. That's the real headline here.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 15, 2018
Well, she did stay in a TeePee out behind a Holiday Inn Express last night, so there’s that. https://t.co/a392DAqGRv
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) October 15, 2018
It's ok to be white, Liz https://t.co/DuvU6VHMnW
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 15, 2018
Who fucked up the math? Warren? Or the "expert"? https://t.co/clF3TyBc7e
— RBe (@RBPundit) October 15, 2018
The fact it’s so important to her that someone 100+ years ago in her lineage was *possibly* Native American so she can use it for social/political purposes today strikes me as actual cultural appropriation.
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) October 15, 2018
So TRUMP is probably more Native American than Sen. Warren.
He should totally do a DNA test. https://t.co/WISMdl6X1g
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) October 15, 2018
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