Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) dodged a question about her disastrous DNA test stunt at her press conference on Monday where she announced that she launched an exploratory committee for president.
“I never thought I would run for anything, ever, in my life, but America’s middle class is getting hollowed out, and opportunity for too many of our young people is shrinking,” Warren said. “So, I’m in this fight all the way. … I’m going to build a grassroots campaign. … Because this is how we’re going to build the movement that will change America.”
“What’s your message to the Democratic primary voter who says ‘I love where Senator Warren stands on the issues, but I worry about electability, I worry her campaign will be more about her Native American ancestry than the middle class?'” a reporter asked Warren.
“You know, look, I am in this fight because I understand what’s happening to working families,” Warren said, failing to address her DNA test debacle. “I grew up in a paycheck-to-paycheck family, and my big chance was a commuter college that cost $50 a semester.”
Warren’s avoidance of the Native American question stems from a disastrous stunt she pulled back in October where she released the results from a DNA test that she claimed showed that she was Native American. The test did not show what Warren claimed, as The Boston Globe, which published the original report on her DNA test, had to make a serious correction to their report due to “a math error.”
The DNA test suggested that Warren was between 1/64th and 1/1024th Mexican, Colombian, or Peruvian — not Native American, as she claimed.
Following her announcement on Monday, Warren was widely mocked online: