Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on Sunday she would not seek a 2020 presidential run, nor would she take a DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry – an issue that has plagued her Senate campaigns and would create problems in a White House bid – especially with President Trump calling her ‘Pocahontas.’
“I’m not running for president,” Warren, a champion of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, told John Roberts on “Fox News Sunday.”
When asked by John Roberts whether she would agree to take a genetic test to resolve the heritage controversy, Warren launched into her family history claiming she acquired the knowledge from her parents and grandparents, before saying, “It’s a part of who I am, and no one’s ever going to take that away.”
Fox News reports:
Warren, who is seeking a second Senate term this year, has been accused of saying she is of Native American heritage to help in securing jobs, including one as a Harvard law professor.
President Trump has repeatedly called Warren, a Wall Street critic and potential White House rival, “Pocahontas,” a notable American Indian woman in colonial history, to highlight the controversy.
“Let me tell you a little bit about my family,” Warren said Sunday. “My mom and dad were born and raised out in Oklahoma, and my daddy was in his teens when he fell in love with my mother.
“She was a beautiful girl who played the piano. And he was head over heels in love with her and wanted to marry her. And his family was bitterly opposed to that because she was part Native American.
“And eventually my parents eloped and they survived the Great Depression, they survived The Dust Bowl. They went through a lot of hard times. They raised three boys, my older brothers, all of whom went off to the military.
“They raised me. They knocked around and it was tough but they hung together. They hung together for 63 years. I know who I am because of what my mother and my father told me, what my grandmother and my grandfather told me, what all my aunts and uncles told me and my brothers.”
The reason Warren is refusing to take a DNA test is probably because it will confirm that she is not Native American.