Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is rejecting a Massachusetts newspaper’s suggestion that she take a DNA test to prove her Native-American heritage.
“I know who I am and never used it for anything,” Warren said Sunday in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Never got any benefit from it anywhere.”
The senator, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, has faced public questions over her citation of family stories to claim Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage since her first bid for office in 2012. President Donald Trump has turned her claim into a racially tinged attack line, frequently referring to her as “Pocahontas” since May 2016, including at a rally in Saturday night western Pennsylvania. Last week, the Berkshire Eagle, a newspaper published in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, called the issue an “Achilles’ heel” for Warren and urged her to “take the spit test” to put it to rest.
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