October 15, 2018

Warren’s DNA Raises More Questions Than It Answers

Warren’s DNA Raises More Questions Than It Answers

Today, 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren released a six-page DNA report that showed the Senator is anywhere between 1/64th and 1/1024th Native American. However, this is creating even more of a political headache for Warren. As the Washington Examiner noted:

“Warren has just guaranteed that the 2020 presidential election will become an agonizing genealogy project. She regularly bragged about her heritage and listed herself as a minority in the Association of American Law School’s directory while a Harvard Law School professor and even contributing a recipe to a Native American cookbook called Pow Wow Chow. Harvard’s law school bragged about her as a Native American hire.”

The move to release this information comes at a questionable time, just weeks before a critical midterm election.

Many political analysts are questioning how this benefits her campaign, as MSNBC’s Craig Melvin stated:

“Did she gain anything by putting out this DNA test’s results? Best I can gather, according to your paper’s reporting, she’s 1/1000th or something like—I think I might be just as Native American as she is,” Melvin said.”

Warren is desperately trying to defend her ethnicity and use the DNA results to rebut attacks from her political opposition.

“She released an ad this week noting the DNA results and hitting back at President Donald Trump and others who have questioned her claims of Native American heritage”

However, this likely will not have the impact the Senator is hoping for, as Politico’s Eliana Johnson pointed out on CNN, “the question is not whether she had any Native American ancestry, but whether that ancestry is enough to claim to be Native American for certain jobs.”

CNN reporter Rebecca Berg made a similar observation.

With her minority ancestry dating back six to ten generations, Native American activists are also taking note:

Even though Warren finally released the DNA results in a slick campaign video, the questions still remain: What took her so long? Why didn’t she address this issue in 2012? And most importantly, why did she ever identify herself as a Native American to the most elite law schools in the country?