U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's release of a DNA test, which suggested a lineage to a distant Native American ancestor, has roiled the Indigenous community frustrated about the seizure of cultural and social ties for political manoeuvring.
Tuesday morning, Trump responded to the results on Twitter, saying she was an "amazing con" and a "complete and total fraud".
"I hate that she took the DNA test because he taunted her, because he called her Pocahontas", she said, adding, "I don't think that you go down into the gutter with Trump".
She has also been a target of U.S, President Donald Trump, who had said that if she could prove her ancestry with a DNA test he would donate $1 million to a charity of her choice.
"A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship", Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Are you offended with [Warren] using her alleged Native American heritage to try to win elections? The results provide some evidence of a Native American in her lineage, though the ancestor probably lived six to 10 generations ago, according to the analysis.
Warren has never claimed to be a member of a tribe, and made the distinction in her campaign video and again in a response to the Cherokee nation statement late on Monday.
"I'll only do it if I can test her personally", the president told reporters Monday evening. "OK?" There was a 2014 scientific study and they said that the average European American walking around is.18% Native American and she's half of that.
Additionally, Trump thanked the Cherokee Nation, which called Warren's decision to resort to a DNA test "inappropriate and wrong".
"Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed", Trump tweeted of his potential 2020 challenger.
Warren acknowledged in a tweet Monday that DNA and family history have nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined by tribal nations.
Graham said he'd take a test of his own, prompting him to make the comments on Iranians. "That will not be something I enjoy doing, either".
Warren's disclosure was met with a scoff by Trump, who succinctly said "who cares?" when asked about the results by reporters.
Trump said Warren "should apologize for perpetrating this fraud", and claimed that Harvard would not have otherwise hired her as a law professor. "It may soothe his ego - but it won't work".
She fired back at Trump within minutes: "You've lost a step, and in 21 days, you're going to lose Congress".
The kerfuffle began during Warren's 2012 Senate campaign when opponents accused her of having advanced her academic career as a law professor with the narrative that she is a descendant of Cherokee and DE tribes - using said claims to qualify for affirmative-action hiring considerations. "Release your tax returns - or the Democratic-led House will do it for you soon enough".