Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., could very well be on a collision course in the race to name the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and Booker appears to have put forth a subtle attempt to gain an edge on Warren.
With Warren making her ancestry political fodder in her recent disclosure of a DNA test that may prove to be the greatest self-inflicted blow a politician could muster, given the disastrous results of her noting that she may be as little as 1/1024 Native American, Booker let slip in a Weekly Standard profile that he did a DNA test.
…and he’s 70 times more Native American than Warren at 7 percent!
The Weekly Standard reported:
The country’s racial history is an ever-present issue for Booker, one of only three African American senators, but he wants to see his complicated heritage as a source of communion rather than anger. Some of his ancestors were slaves but several were slave owners—and one was a Confederate soldier. A DNA test revealed that he’s 47 percent African, 45 percent European, and 7 percent Native American (which is about 70 times more Native American than Elizabeth Warren).
Warren has been skewered in the press as her claims of American Indian ancestry and the devastating results of her DNA test continue to haunt her. It’s widely speculated that the ‘leak’ of Booker’s DNA results was no accident seeing as the two are predicted to both run for presidential office in 2020.
President Donald Trump frequently mocks the blond hair, blue eyed Warren over her claim to be native America, calling her “Pocahontas.”
All of which prompted the Massachusetts Democrat to released the DNA results.
Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante did Warren’s DNA test and concluded “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”
As a result of the analysis, the Boston Globe reported Warren is somewhere between 1/64 and 1/1024 Native American and the ridicule rained down on the lawmaker.
The New York Times reported this week the DNA roll out may have hurt her presidential ambitions:
Advisers close to Ms. Warren say she has privately expressed concern that she may have damaged her relationships to Native American groups and her own standing with activists, particularly those who are racial minorities. Several outside advisers are even more worried: They say they believe a plan should be made to repair that damage, possibly including a strong statement of apology.
The advisers say Ms. Warren will have to confront the issue again if she announces a presidential campaign, which is expected in the coming weeks, and several would like her to act soon.
The paper reported that several people close to senior members of Warren’s team described the DNA test as “an unequivocal misstep that could have lasting consequences.”
Not that she doesn’t stand by the decision… at least, publicly.
“I put it out there. It’s on the internet for anybody to see. People can make of it what they will,” Warren told The Times. “I’m going to continue fighting on the issues that brought me to Washington.”
A quick sampling of responses from Twitter suggests the Democratic presidential primary is going to be one entertaining race:
Nobody was enthusiastic about her before the test. An apology won’t matter
— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) December 6, 2018
45% European=45% Ancient Thracian = SPARTACUS!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/WgKmVQtLPa
— David Browder (@DavidMBrowder) December 7, 2018
— kathy fisher (@kathyfisher10) December 7, 2018
— Proud American (@jr11242) December 6, 2018
Still hilarious that some people thought that test actually vindicated her claims…. https://t.co/5pDAi25mdc
— AG (@AGHamilton29) December 6, 2018
Cory Booker is actually 7% Native American. Looks like he beat her in the oppression Olympics.
— Alan Clive Regenti (@ACRegenti) December 7, 2018
— dms360??⛵️ (@desertdawn360) December 7, 2018
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