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Cory Booker Quietly Notes He’s 7% Native American in Jab at Warren

Booker’s decision to take a DNA test and share the results is undoubtedly a shot at Elizabeth Warren, whose ancestry has become a hotly debated topic.

By NTK Staff | 12.06.2018 @4:15pm
Cory Booker Quietly Notes He’s 7% Native American in Jab at Warren

The Weekly Standard published a lengthy profile of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a potential 2020 presidential candidate, on Thursday. Potentially lost in the more than 4,000-word story is this fact: Booker took a DNA test that revealed he is seven percent Native American.

That makes his Native ancestry about 70 times that of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who during the 1980s and ’90s changed her ethnicity from white to Native American at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and while teaching at Harvard University Law School.

Here’s how Booker’s genealogy came up in the Weekly Standard piece:

The country’s racial history is an ever-present issue for Booker, one of only three African American senators, but he wants to see his complicated heritage as a source of communion rather than anger. Some of his ancestors were slaves but several were slave owners—and one was a Confederate soldier. A DNA test revealed that he’s 47 percent African, 45 percent European, and 7 percent Native American (which is about 70 times more Native American than Elizabeth Warren).

Barring any unforeseen significant changes in their career trajectories, Booker and Warren are on a collision course to compete for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Warren’s disastrous rollout of her DNA test drew harsh criticism from Native American groups and hand wringing from liberals.

On Thursday, the New York Times reported that Warren’s advisers are urging her to apologize for how she handled the debacle and for the implication that she is somehow involved with Native American tribes.

Several outside advisers are even more worried: They say they believe a plan should be made to repair that damage, possibly including a strong statement of apology.

Booker’s decision to let his DNA results slip out to the public through the press was no mistake. As the Democrats’ 2020 primary heats up next year, this kind of sniping is only likely to increase.

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