President Trump on Monday mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her DNA test that showed she's as much as 99.9.% white, saying he can no longer call her "Pocahontas" because she doesn't have "enough Indian blood."
But he vowed to keep doing so, anyway.
"A sad thing happened last week," Trump said to a packed rally of 18,000 in Houston, "because Elizabeth Warren was exposed as being a total fraud. And I can no longer call her Pocahontas, because she has no Indian blood.
"I can't call her Pocahontas. She doesn't qualify. ... I've been saying it for a long time," Trump said. "I've been saying it for a year and a half. I said, 'I have more Indian blood than she does, and I have none.' I can't use the name Pocahontas, but if you don't mind, I will anyway, OK? We got to keep her down," Trump said to cheers and laughter.
Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat running for re-election, listed herself as Native for years in the Association of American Law School Directory, and according to the Boston Globe, she “had her ethnicity changed from white to Native American at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she taught from 1987 to 1995, and at Harvard University Law School, where she was a tenured faculty member starting in 1995.”
Warren even submitted recipes to a Native American cookbook called “Pow Wow Chow,” which was released in 1984 by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She signed her entries “Elizabeth Warren — Cherokee.”
Warren, who Trump has nicknamed "Pocahontas" because of her claims to be part Indian, released results from a DNA test last week that showed she is anywhere from 1.5% to .09% Native American (and also showed she's 98.5% to 99.1% white, with European ancestors).
Trump took to Twitter to rip Warren's renewed claims that she's part Native American.
"Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed. She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, 'DNA test is useless.' Even they don’t want her. Phony!" he wrote.
Trump was referring to a statement from Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., who said "Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage."
"A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America," Hoskin said.
"Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven."
Warren later backtracked from statements in which she said that a “famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded that it contains Native American ancestry." Instead, she said on Twitter that “DNA & family history has nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined only – only – by Tribal Nations. I respect the distinction, & don’t list myself as Native in the Senate.”