We have been following the controversy over the claim of Native American ancestry by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the continued criticism from President Donald Trump who continues mock her as “Pocahontas”. Recently, we discussed Warren’s surprise speech doubling down on her claim and whether Warren would simply take a DNA test to put the matter to rest. The suggestion was echoed by the media in Massachusetts like the Berkshire Eagle For $100, the question is why let the matter simmer. Warren answered that question this weekend and the answer is no.
Warren told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that she would not take such a test because “I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere.” Some may find it a bit curious that Warren would not want to confirm an identity that she repeated cited in her academic career and still says is central to her life. The question is why Warren would not want to know and if any of her family has already had such tests performed. Since Warren listed herself as a minority on law faculties, this identity was sufficiently important to her to claim as part of her identification as an academic. Yet, she has no interest in confirming information on what degree (if any) Native American heritage is shown in her DNA for a relatively small fee. Moreover, such a test would effectively silence her critics, including Trump, if it produced confirmation of her long claim of Native American ancestry.
“My mother and daddy were born and raised in Oklahoma. My daddy first saw my mother when they were both teenagers. He fell in love with this tall, quiet girl who played the piano. Head over heels. But his family was bitterly opposed to their relationship because she was part Native American. They eventually eloped . . . That’s the story that my brothers and I all learned from our mom and our dad, from our grandparents. It’s a part of me and nobody’s going to take that part of me away.”
Warren added that she is not going to run for President. That is a statement of intent that might change with a couple years remaining of shifting political conditions, including possible offers for a vice president slot. Moreover, media is reporting that she is not ruling out a 2020 run and is positioning herself for precisely such a possible run.