Warren’s True Blood 💉

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Fact vs fiction

President Trump has repeatedly mocked Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) claim to Native American ancestry, calling her “Pocahontas” on multiple occasions. Over the summer, Trump challenged Warren to prove her claim and said he would donate $1 million to charity if she could prove her heritage by taking a DNA test [watch]. Warren did just that, and the results support Native American ancestry dating back 6 to 10 generations. 

Why now?

Many believe Warren is preparing to run for president in 2020. With the amount of press Warren’s Native American ancestry is generating and the way she is positioning herself as Trump’s opponent, this story can be viewed as a strategy to position herself as a prime candidate for 2020.


Daily Kos: Elizabeth Warren calls Trump's $1 million bluff, releases DNA test showing Native American ancestry

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren has her act together. Democratic 2020 hopefuls better wake up

Sources that applaud Warren’s actions 
argue that she successfully fought back against Trump. They believe that the results do indeed indicate a credible connection to Native American heritage. They argue that her actions strengthen her position as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.


Washington Examiner: Elizabeth Warren's DNA test shows she isn't Native American, makes her the butt of jokes once again

The Verge: No matter what Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test shows, there’s no genetic test to prove you’re Native American

Sources that mock Warren 
argue that an ancestor from 10 generations back is too far of a stretch. They argue that she has less Native American blood than the average white American. Plus, they argue that genetics does not equate to culture or tribal affiliation. They believe this might put an end to the Pocahontas name-calling, but Warren remains as white as before.

Good or bad move?

We're not quite sure what Warren expected to get out of this. Even if she had a Native American ancestor 6 generations back, that puts her at 1/64th Native American. At 10 generations she would be 1/1024th Native American. Even at 1/64th, it doesn't seem significant enough to help her case; especially when most white Americans can claim Native American ancestry 6-10 generations back.

Elizabeth Warren talking about Trump



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