Elizabeth Warren and the Nine Most Incredulous Twitter Reactions to Her DNA Reveal

Theatrical rollout of Native American 'heritage evidence' undermined 'tribal interests,' among other things

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After Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass., pictured above) revealed the results of her recent DNA test on Monday and triumphantly proclaimed that she did, indeed, have anywhere from one-64th to one-1,024th Native American ancestry — let’s just say that Twitter users were quick to ridicule her.

“Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement. “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.”

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.

Confusion about her ancestry didn’t end with the DNA results, however. The Boston Globe had to correct — twice — its original estimation of the amount of Native American blood Warren had. The first correction focused on the least amount of Native American blood she could possess — from one-512th to one-1,024th. The second correction focused on the most amount she could have — one-32nd to one-64th.

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The Daily Caller’s Amber Athey noted the second correction.

Expert Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor, analyzed Warren’s DNA results and found that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor,” according to the Globe.

“The inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics,” the Globe’s Annie Linskey wrote, noting that even if Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was “fully Native American, that would make Warren up to 1/32nd native. But the generational range based on the ancestor that the report identified suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.”

Warren’s DNA results were met with a wide variety of incredulity and mockery. Here are nine of the best political Twitter reactions to Warren’s dramatic Native American ancestry evidence:

1.) “Elizabeth Warren hasn’t dealt with a problem, she has highlighted it and opened up other avenues for attack. For Trump, 1/1024th will be priceless material,” National Review editor Rich Lowry tweeted.

2.) “So Elizabeth Warren is *possibly* 1/1024 (0.09%) Native American. Scientists say the average European-American is 0.18% Native American … That’d make Warren even less Native American than the average European-American,” Republican National Committee (RNC) Rapid Response Director Michael Ahrens wrote.

3.) “Democrat Elizabeth Warren found someone to say she — might be — 1/1,024 Native American. In what world does that give you the right to claim minority status?” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted.

4.) “People are missing the forest for the trees in this Warren thing. If ‘I’m 1/1024th Native American pay up Trump neener neener’ is really how she plans to run a campaign, she will get shredded, at least relative to Democratic potential as decided by the economy, etc.,” tweeted Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics senior elections analyst.

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“If 2016 has any strategic lessons for Democrats, it is that winning on debater’s points may be cathartic, but … of limited utility. And to the extent anyone can be persuaded on this ridiculous non-issue, ‘1/1024 NA -> proud of NA heritage’ seems unlikely to resonate,” Trende added.

5.) “Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win House and Senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her announcement now? Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???” Jim Messina, Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, tweeted.

6.) “To show how in touch the Democrats are with the American people, Elizabeth Warren and staff actually thought it would be good to show them that she likely got favorable treatment for her whole life for MAYBE POSSIBLY being 1/1024th Native American. #NotWinning,” the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted.

7.) “I’ll just put this out to the left-of-center folks who follow me: Are you comfortable with Elizabeth Warren being described as ‘a woman of color’? Because that’s what Harvard Law School said she was,” The National Review’s Jim Geraghty tweeted.

8.) “Big deal. Elizabeth Warren percentage of Indian between 1/32 to 1/1,024th. I.e., the same percentage chance she has of being elected president,” conservative pundit and author Ann Coulter wrote.

9.) “Bottom line: White privilege doesn’t get any whiter than the #Pretendian Elizabeth Warren,” conservative commentator and author Michelle Malkin wrote.

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