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Warren Claims DNA Test Was About Restoring Trust in Government, Not 2020

The Massachusetts senator did not address the fact that the results of the DNA test raised more questions than they answered.

By NTK Staff | 10.22.2018 @10:15am
Warren Claims DNA Test Was About Restoring Trust in Government, Not 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) addressed the growing controversy over her highly publicized DNA test during a televised Senate debate Sunday night.

The Massachusetts Democrat released the results of her DNA test last week to address questions about her ancestry. Since her initial run for Senate in 2012, Warren’s heritage has been a frequent topic of conversation for critics, most notably President Donald Trump. At issue is Warren’s decision to change her ethnicity from white to Native American in the 1980s:

During her academic career as a law professor, she had her ethnicity changed from white to Native American at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she taught from 1987 to 1995, and at Harvard University Law School, where she was a tenured faculty member starting in 1995. (She was a visiting professor at Harvard during the 1992-1993 academic year.)

To quell further questions, Warren took a DNA test and released the results last week. The timing, just three weeks before the 2018 midterms, infuriated Democrats, and the ancestry claim upset Native Americans.

As for the results themselves, Warren’s DNA test found that she may have had a Native American ancestor six to 10 generations back, likely making her anywhere from 1/64th to 1/1,024th Native American.

Warren’s decision to release the DNA results was widely viewed as yet another move toward the eventual announcement of her presidential campaign for 2020. But Warren told Massachusetts voters that it wasn’t about that at all, but rather about restoring trust in government:

Ultimately, she said, she took a DNA test because she believes one way to rebuild trust in government is by posting her full family history online “so anybody can take a look … I believe one way that we try to rebuild confidence is through transparency.”

Whether Massachusetts voters believe Warren’s argument remains to be seen, but she’s widely viewed as a heavy favorite to win reelection next month. Still, questions remain among the audience Warren likely cares about much more – Democratic presidential primary voters.

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