Newspaper to Elizabeth Warren: Take 'Spit Test' to Settle Native American Heritage Claims
A Massachusetts newspaper is calling on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to take a DNA test to resolve once and for all if she has Native American ancestry, as she has claimed.
Warren has never provided any documentation that she is Native American, instead pointing to "family stories" passed down to her through generations as evidence.
President Donald Trump infamously dubbed her "Pocahontas" and accused her of falsely claiming Native American heritage. Some have speculated that the controversy could be damaging to Warren's rumored 2020 presidential run.
"So we call upon our senior senator to screw up her courage and take the spit test," The Berkshire Eagle said in an editorial. "If she already has but is keeping the results under wraps, we urge her to be forthcoming with them. She has nothing to lose but her Achilles' heel."
On "The Story" on Friday night, Karl Rove said this is a continuing problem for Warren, since she claimed to be of Cherokee descent when she was applying for academic jobs and it would have been beneficial to be a woman from a diverse background.
"She used it to her advantage and has shied away from it when she got called on it," Rove said, calling it a "pretty tough editorial" from a paper that endorsed her in 2012.
Chris Stirewalt said Warren has a "serious 2020 problem," and this is just one part of it.
"She has a problem with social justice Democrats and identity politics Democrats who deeply resent a white woman of privilege taking advantage of carve outs that are set aside for Native Americans," he explained.
He added that Republicans may see Warren as an "ultra liberal," but she's actually more moderate than the base of the Democratic Party, so she could find herself being outflanked in a potential 2020 primary by more progressive candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Tom Steyer.
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