Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test Monday showing evidence of Native American ancestry, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to ridicule the Massachusetts Democrat and potential 2020 challenger, who he often refers to derisively as "Pocahontas".
The Commander-in-Chief slammed the left-wing lawmaker on social media just hours after she revealed her DNA results to the Boston Globe, saying she "should apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public".
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), fresh off his re-branding during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning that he's thinking of taking one of those mail-in DNA tests, and he's nearly certain it will prove he's more Native American than Sen.
He called it "phony" and said even the Cherokee Nation denies Warren. While the findings align with the Oklahoma native's family lore that that her great-great-great-grandmother was at least partially Native American, a 2014 study found that the average European American (as opposed to simply the average American, as Trump stated) was 0.18 percent Native American.
Warren, who appears to be preparing for a 2020 presidential campaign, responded to Trump's series of tweets Tuesday morning with two tweets of her own, mocking the Republican president for reviving the Pocahontas nickname, which she and some Native American leaders say is a racist slur.
The DNA test that Sen.
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President Trump has repeatedly referred to the possible 2020 presidential contender sarcastically as "Pocahontas" including during an Oval Office event a year ago honoring Native American code talkers for their service during World War II. Warren asked him to cut a check to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center. "I think I can beat her".
Hoskin said none of this helps the Cherokee Nation.
Warren's heritage has been under scrutiny since 2012 during her campaign for the Senate against Scott Brown who ran attack ads aimed at her "Cherokee" heritage. "What are YOU hiding, @realDonaldTrump?" she wrote. "It's like the Kool-Aid Man saying, "I don't actually care about Kool-Aid.' No no no no no - you jumped through my f*uckin" wall because you were that excited that I was maybe doing to drink Kool-Aid, and now I have to call a contractor to fix this sh*t".
The Warren DNA matter quickly became part of political culture.
ABC's "World News Tonight" focused on "Pocahontas" being a "racial slur" and anchor David Muir reminded viewers that Trump once suggested he would pay $1 million to a charity if she took a DNA test to prove her heritage.
Hashtags abounded, including #WarrenIsNotCherokee and #WarrenSoWhite. "Oh, we're drinking Kool-Aid, my friend, we're drinking Kool-Aid".