A Massachusetts paper is urging Sen. Elizabeth Warren to finally put criticism over her claim of Native American heritage at rest by taking a simple 23&Me-type genetic test.
The Berkshire Eagle, which is by no means a conservative publication, suggested Tuesday that the Massachusetts senator who claimed Native ancestry and enjoyed the spoils of an affirmative action position at Harvard University, would put the controversy over her heritage to rest, and neutralize those who might call her "Fauxcahontas" (or, in the case of the president, who missed the joke, "Pocahontas"), if she'd simply submit to the $100 boxed test.
"No matter whether the test came up negative or positive, it would constitute a plus for Senator Warren and her political hopes," the paper's editorial board claimed. "Were she to test positive for Native American DNA, it would permanently resolve the issue — while possibly shutting down President Trump."
"Should the test come up negative, 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," they continued.
The board went on to assume that Warren would be fully contrite if the test came up negative, and wouldn't challenge the results or claim the method of authentication was itself spurious.
Put simply, this is probably never going to happen. Allies and opponents have routinely offered to pay for a genetic test (one former Republican challenger even bought the test and had it shipped directly to her campaign office), and Warren has refused, probably because she knows the risks. The chances of her actually having Native ancestry are miniscule, and if she does happen to show some genetic markers common in Native Americans, they'll be negligible compared to whatever European markers she also has.
It's a scenario in which she can't win, and Warren knows it. There is no desirable outcome of a 23&Me test except significant evidence of Native ancestry, and from her appearance — including the 'high cheekbones" she says she has in common with the Cherokee tribe, though Cherokee only have "high cheekbones" in hundred-year-old racist caricatures — that's probably never going to happen.