Stumping in Iowa after announcing that she would seek a run for the presidency in 2020, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MASS) addressed her infamous DNA test that she took last year in which she declared her American Indian ancestry.
On Saturday, the Massachusetts senator defended her decision to release the results of the DNA test which showed that she had a distant ancestor who was a native American. She did say, however that she is “not a person of color” and added that she could not stop President Trump from “hurling racial insults.”
Warren responded to the issue at an organizing event in Sioux City, as this was the very first question posed to her after her address to potential voters. Sioux City was the second of five stops in Iowa this weekend for Warren following the formation of her 2020 presidential exploratory committee.
According to report in the Washington Free Beacon, the woman asking the question took a scolding tone.
“Senator Warren … Why did you undergo the DNA testing and give Donald Trump more fodder to be a bully?” she asked.
There was a little laughter and perhaps some groaning in the audience at the question, given it’s a sore spot for Warren.
The DNA test results showed that she could be as little as 1/1,024th Native American, which drew mockery from conservatives. Liberals blasted her for giving credence to racial science and letting Trump get to her with his constant “Pocahontas” jabs. Nevertheless, she said she was “genuinely” glad to get the question.
“I am not a person of color,” she said. “I am not a citizen of a tribe. Tribal citizenship is very different from ancestry. Tribes and only tribes determine tribal citizenship and I respect that.”
Warren said Republicans “honed in on this part of my history” when she ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012.
“A lot of racial slurs and a lot of ugly stuff, and my decision was I’m just going to put it all out there. All my hiring records. Including the DNA test. It’s out there. It’s online. Anybody can look at it,” she said.
“I can’t stop Donald Trump from what he’s going to do. I can’t stop him from hurling racial insults. I don’t have the power to do that,” she added.
It was the first time she mentioned Trump by name during her Iowa visit. She returned to her economic message, saying 2020 was not going to be about her family, but rather “the tens of millions of families across this country who just want a level playing field.”
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