2020 hopeful left unable to reply when she is grilled on false DNA claims
2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) gave a painful nonreply when asked when she learned she wasn’t Native American during an interview on the popular radio show The Breakfast Club.
Warren was left as struggling to answer as co-host Charlamagne tha God grilled her on the false claims about her Native American heritage.
The exchange began when Charlamagne tha God began asking Warren if she regretted taking the DNA test, which revealed her genes only show evidence of 1/64 to 1/1024 Native American heritage.
“Oh, I can’t go back,” Warren began.
“I grew up in Oklahoma; I learned about my family the same way most people learn about there family, from there my momma, from my daddy, aunts, and my uncles. And it’s what I believed.”
“I’m not a person of color,” she then conceded.
“I’m not a citizen of a tribe, and I shouldn’t have done it.”
But Charlamagne interrupted Warren before asking her if she would claim Native American heritage again if she could do it again.
“I can’t go back,” Warren repeated.
“But, I shouldn’t. But what I do is try to be a good partner. And that’s what I do every day.”
Despite Warren attempting to speak on issues such as health care, student loan debt, and the housing crisis, the Breakfast Club hosts did not let her escape the controversial subject.
“So what? Your family told you were Native American,” DJ Envy asked.
“Yeah!” Warren exclaimed.
“How long did you hold on to that?” Charlamagne asked.
“Because there were some reports that said you were Native American on your Texas Bar license and that you said you were Native American, also documents when you were a professor at Harvard–like, why did you do that?”
Warren repeated her response, claiming she learned of her now-debunked lineage from her family.
But the 2020 hopeful failed is disclosed when she actually found out about her true heritage.
But Charlamagne’s next question made Warren more uneasy: “When did you find out you weren’t?”
Sputtering, Warren replied:
“I’m not a person of color. I’m not a citizen of a tribe, and tribal citizenship is an important distinction and not something I am. So…” she said without continuing the sentence.
“Was there any benefits to that?” Charlamagne tha God shot back.
“No,” she said.
“Boston Globe did a full investigation; it never affected anything about my family. It never affected any job I ever got.”
“It’s kind of like the original Rachel Dolezal a little bit,” Charlamagne quipped. “Rachel Dolezal is a white woman pretending to be black.”
“Well, this is what I learned from my family,” Warren replied.
In February, Warren was interrupted by a protester during her campaign event calling her out on her past false claims of Native American ancestry.
Warren began addressing the crowd in Gwinnett County, before a man shouted, “Why did you lie?”
“Hold on. We’ll get to lots of policy, I promise. OK?” Warren said, adding, “Be easy. Be easy.”
Warren, clearly disturbed, attempted to move away from the subject as the protester was escorted out of the Central Gwinnett High School gymnasium.
It seems her false claims of Native American heritage will continue to haunt her for a long time.