Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is facing pressure in Massachusetts to take a DNA test in order to answer once and for all the longstanding question of whether she’s really a Native American.
The Berkshire Eagle, a Massachusetts newspaper that endorsed her in 2012, called on Ms. Warren to “screw up her courage and take the spit test,” warning that otherwise the issue will dog her throughout her 2018 reelection campaign and any future presidential bid.
“Were she to test positive for Native American DNA, it would permanently resolve the issue — while possibly shutting down President Trump,” said the Eagle in an editorial.
Even if the test shows no Cherokee ancestry, “it would be an opportunity for the senator to perform an act rarely seen among politicians: an admission of her error and a full-throated apology to Native American tribes and anyone else offended by her spurious claim,” said the newspaper.
“By facing the truth and taking responsibility for it, she would disarm her enemies and show potential voters that she was human and capable of mistakes, just like them,” the editorial said.
Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi liked the idea, following up Wednesday with an op-ed headlined, “Taking a DNA test could solve at least one of Elizabeth Warren’s political problems.”
“I’ve written before about the disproportionate unfairness of decrying Warren’s dodge on this matter, given Trump’s blatant lies on so much more,” she said. “Yet, as reported by the Globe, it’s a political reality for Warren that’s not going away.”
Ms. Warren has already rejected one opportunity to take a DNA test: Shiva Ayyadurai, an MIT-educated entrepreneur who’s running against her as an Independent, sent her a kit last year for her birthday in June, but she returned it.
Mr. Ayyadurai’s campaign slogan is, “Only a real Indian can defeat a fake Indian.”
Her Cherokee ancestry became an issue in the 2012 Senate campaign over disclosures that as a law professor, she was listed by Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania as Native American, even though she is not an enrolled member of any tribe.
President Trump has dubbed her “Pocahontas,” reviving allegations that she used the ancestry claims to advance her career, although the universities have denied that she benefited from her minority status.
The Eagle noted that it’s possible Ms. Warren, who says she relied on family lore in identifying herself as Cherokee, has already taken a DNA test.
“If she already has but is keeping the results under wraps, we urge her to be forthcoming with them,” said the Eagle. “She has nothing to lose but her Achilles’ heel.”
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March 8th, 2018