Elizabeth Warren is making her first campaign tour around Iowa, a crucial state for the probable 2020 competitor, but was quickly forced to address an issue that’s likely to hurt her in the race for the White House.
During a Saturday morning event in Sioux City, audience members were given the chance to ask the Massachusetts senator questions. The first? A query about her decision to take a DNA test and release the results on her Native American ancestry.
“Why did you undergo the DNA testing and give Donald Trump more fodder to be a bully?” an audience member asked the Democrat.
Warren released results from the DNA test in October, which showed “strong evidence” of Native American ancestry, partially in response to criticism from Republicans, including President Donald Trump who nicknamed her “Pocahontas.” Conservatives have attacked Warren for claiming Cherokee heritage in order to gain favor for jobs that helped boost her career, something her former employers have said did not play a role in the hiring process.
The test results were widely mocked because they only showed that her Native American ancestry went back six to 10 generations. The test, which showed she was at least 1/1024th Native American, was also denounced by the Cherokee nation that said using “a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.”