The Massachusetts Democrat has been under increased pressure to provide evidence of her Native American roots, with President Trump repeatedly mocking her as "Pocahontas" as recently as Saturday. It's a term that Warren has said she considers a racial slur.
Warren defended herself on NBC's "Meet the Press with Chuck Todd" Sunday morning when asked what she thought about taking an easily accessible DNA test, such as those offered by 23andMe or Ancestry, to settle the ongoing controversy over her heritage.
Warren has faced questions about her Native American ancestry since the Boston Herald reported in 2012 that a Harvard Law spokesman had referred to her as Native American. That's where I'm going to stay focused.More news: India v Sri Lanka
"I know who I am because of what my mother and father told me", Warren said. The kiss of death in a reelection campaign is to say you're going to try for another post once you get reelected.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren knows who she is - and doesn't need a DNA test to prove it. 'My mother and daddy were born and raised in Oklahoma.
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Warren went on to divulge details about her parents' insane love for one another, while touching base on the challenges they faced and explaining how her father's parents frowned upon her mother's descent. Todd again asked Warren.
Warren added that while the issue has continued to pop up in her 2018 re-election bid, she doesn't see it as being a major concern to most MA voters. "I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes - and only by tribes", Warren said, adding that she never used her heritage to advance her career. Warren is both a lawyer and a politician, so you have to listen very carefully to how she phrases things. Native women are subjected to sexual violence at rates much higher than any other group in our country.
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Ms. Warren is running for re-election this fall in MA and after that her campaign is widely expected to go national. We need to bring some attention to it and we need to put some resources on it.