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Congressman Who’s Actually a Cherokee Nation Member Slams Warren

Rep. Markwayne Mullin said Dem senator owes apology 'to the American people and all Native Americans' for 'disgusting' lie

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass., pictured above right) owes an apology “to the American people and all Native Americans” after the results she released from her DNA test indicate she has anywhere from one-64th to one-1,024th Native American ancestry, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) said Tuesday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”

“I still live on the Indian allotment land my family has. So the heritage runs deep in my family,” said Mullin (above left), a recognized member of the Cherokee Nation.

“For [Warren], they’re just stories. They’re just stories that she’s trying to get publicity off of, or she is trying to get sympathy off of, or maybe it’s when she was trying to get a job at Harvard. I don’t know,” Mullin added. “But the lies went far enough, and it’s time for her to apologize to the American people and all Native Americans.”

Mullin is one of two Native Americans who serve in Congress. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) is a member of the Chickasaw Nation.

President Donald Trump has long mocked Warren as “Pocahontas,” pointing to the controversy that arose in 2012 during her first Senate campaign. The Boston Herald exposed her Association of American Law Schools entries from 1986 to 1995 in which she listed herself as a Native American. When she worked for Harvard University Law School, she was listed as a minority professor.

Although Warren initially denied knowledge of Harvard’s minority label, she later admitted she listed herself as Native American in the law school directory in order to meet other Native Americans.

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Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. reacted to Warren’s DNA results in a statement on Monday, saying, “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,” Hoskin added. “Sen. Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

When “Fox and Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Mullin if he was “offended” by Warren’s attempt to use her Native American heritage “to try to win elections.” Mullin replied, “I don’t know if I would say offended, but it is extremely disappointing.”

“She is out there claiming she is Native American just because she is from Oklahoma. Look, there was a 2014 study, a scientific study, and they said the average European-American walking around is .18 percent Native-American. She’s half of that,” Mullin noted.

“The idea that she continues to double down on this lie is the most disgusting thing to me,” Mullin added. “What she was trying to do was put this to bed so she could run against President Donald Trump in 2020. And it is backfiring on her. I’m glad to see it, because what she needs to do is come out and apologize to all of us.”

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If Warren really were the “true leader” she claims to be, Mullin said she would have come out and apologized “to the American people … saying she has misspoken.”

“What she ends up doing is just doubling down on this. And at this point, it has gotten to the point where it is … disgusting to me and to the rest of the Native Americans, especially those of us inside the Cherokee Nation,” Mullin said. “We’re not trying to play politics here either. The facts are what they are.”

Mullin predicted that Warren’s DNA theatrics are “going to hurt her” if she does end up running for president in 2020.

“She basically has no Native American blood in her system. This went way too far,” Mullin warned.

For his own part, Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to mock Warren following her big reveal.

“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!” Trump tweeted.

“Now that her claims of being of Indian heritage have turned out to be a scam and a lie, Elizabeth Warren should apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public. Harvard called her ‘a person of color’ (amazing con), and would not have taken her otherwise!” Trump added. “Thank you to the Cherokee Nation for revealing that Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, is a complete and total Fraud!”

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