A US Senator seen as a top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 has released a DNA test providing "strong evidence" that she has Native American ancestry after her claims had been mocked by Donald Trump, a report said Monday.
Warren's identity was allegedly not known to Bustamante during the analysis.
"Her heritage had no bearing on her hiring", Jay Westbrook of the UT Austin School of Law says in the video. The report also said that her race was not considered when she applied to work at Rutgers University, the University of Houston, the University of Texas or the University of Pennsylvania.
The analysis of her DNA was done by Carlos D Bustamante, a Stanford University professor who the Boston Globe reported was an expert in the field.
The hubbub around Ms Warren's ancestry recalls the attacks President Barack Obama faced over his background. "What do the facts say?"
Bustamante responds, "The facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in your pedigree".
This morning, Trump declared, "Who cares..."
Warren provided the DNA test results in a statement, showing the lineage goes back six to 10 generations. That would make Warren one-32nd Native American. That could further excite her critics instead of placating them.
Donald Trump has repeatedly argued that Elizabeth Warren is unfit for the presidency - because she owes her success to lies and unearned advantages. When asked about his $1 million offer, he denied ever making such a pledge.
"You were here long before any of us were here", Trump said as he honored three Navajo code talkers from World War II.
Warren also indicated she hadn't forgotten about Trump's promise in July. They call her Pocahontas. "But I haven't looked at the DNA test and it really doesn't interest me to be frank with you". Among white Americans, there is considerable variation: 8% of whites in Louisiana have at least 1% Native American ancestry, for example, according to 23andMe. And she wonders about the motives of those, like Trump, who "have questioned my heritage and my family history". "I do not think she'd be very hard at all", Trump said, adding: "I don't want to say bad things about her because I hope she's one of the people that get through the process". "Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career".
She concluded the video by saying this story wasn't just about "casual racism", and she charged that her political opponents have used the controversy to "distract from the kinds of changes I'm fighting for, and the kind of change I'm trying to bring to Washington". "A deep, independent investigation shows my background played no role in any job I got".