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Is Elizabeth Warren an 'Honest Injun'?

A DNA test provides "strong evidence" Elizabeth Warren is at least 1/1,024th Native American.

Mark Alexander · Oct. 15, 2018

As Elizabeth Warren is laying the groundwork for her long-denied 2020 presidential bid, she’s out — again — attempting to defend her claimed “Cherokee ancestry,” this time with a contrived DNA test.

We’ve previously called out her faux “identity” issue, but now, according to her fanboys at The Boston Globe, “Warren has released a DNA test that provides ‘strong evidence’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations.” By the end of the day, the Globe issued this correction: “Due to a math error, a story about Elizabeth Warren misstated the ancestry percentage of a potential 10th generation relative. It should be 1/1,024.”

Furthermore, buried in the report is this gem: “To make up for the dearth of Native American DNA, [Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante] used samples from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia to stand in for Native American.” Nevertheless, to tell the difference, “Bustamante said he can tease out the markers that these South Americans would have in common with Native Americans on the North American continent.” So she’s definitely at least 1/1,024 Mexican, Peruvian, or Colombian. Or something.

In fact, most white Americans have twice as much of this DNA mix than Warren has. Given that my ancestors settled among the Cherokee prior to the Revolutionary War, in what is now East Tennessee, it’s likely we have direct Cherokee lineage somewhere generations ago. Gosh, could Liz and I be cousins?

Stupefyingly, Warren released her Cherokee heritage “evidence” in what the Chicago Sun-Times describes as “a slickly produced five-minute video” in which “Warren was seen walking through a working-class neighborhood of Norman, Oklahoma, and talking to her brothers about their mother’s Native American ancestry.” Oklahoma is the home of of the Cherokee Nation – so Warren perpetuated her lie by walking on her supposed “ancestral lands.”

In that video, Warren attempts to distance herself from her previous Cherokee heritage claims by asserting, “I’m not enrolled in a tribe. … But my family history is my family history.” Of course, no tribe would claim her, and her revisionist “family history” is bogus – as is she.

Recall Donald Trump’s challenge to Warren: “I will give $1 million to your favorite charity … if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.” Fact is, by Warren’s definition of “Native American,” it is highly probable that Trump has more native ancestry than she does.

Brazenly, Warren is now calling on Trump to pay up because her “DNA showed Native American ancestry,” adding, “Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.”

Actually, Trump said if “the test … shows you’re an Indian.” We will defer to the Cherokee Nation elders for their opinion on that.

The Nation’s Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin protested Warren’s claim: “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 … dishonors legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

On that note, Trump responded, “Now Cherokee Nation denies her DNA test… Even they don’t want her.”

As partial penance for her shameful lie, it is Warren who should send a check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. That being said, Trump’s references to “Fauxcahontas” is also derogatory to Native Americans.

As for how to settle the wager, our friend Michelle Malkin suggests, “1/1024 ‘Native American’ indirectly derived from South American genetic markers is ‘proof’ of Native heritage? 1/1024 of $1 million = $976.56. President Trump should donate that amount in Monopoly money, which is as genuine as Warren’s claim.” We suggest he donate it directly to her campaign, and we recommend this old Cher song, “Half Breed,” as Warren’s campaign theme song!

So, Warren thought this charade would lay her disputed claim to rest? On her promotion of the DNA report as “proof” of her native ancestry, conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey observed, “This is like spiking the ball after scoring a touchdown in the other team’s end zone.” It’s a permanent stain on her campaign.

Clearly, Warren would like to bury this lie before 2020, but she just dug herself a deeper hole.There is an old southern adage: When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

More important than Warren’s pathetic attempt to establish Cherokee ancestral “proof” remains the primary question about how she used this faux claim at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. She declared herself to be Native American at both institutions and fooled them, so, in keeping with her elitist arrogance, she is certain she can fool her Democrat constituents! But she has not fooled Dana Milbank at The Washington Posts, who concluded after this latest ruse, “Warren is unfit to lead.”

Clearly, among Warren’s most prominent genetic markers is the one for lying. Warren is a wealthy, disingenuous socialist, and that’s about as un-American as it gets.

(Updated.)

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