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We're All Indians Now

One of President Donald Trump’s greatest talents is to effortlessly induce Democrats to do dumb stuff that exposes their lies, hypocrisy and contempt for the intelligence of their fellow Americans outside their urban strongholds.

The President’s latest triumph in this regard is the revelation of the results of Senator Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Trump tweet Elizabeth WarrenWarren’s DNA test.

Senator Warren has long-claimed Native American ancestry and clearly benefited professionally and politically from that claim.

She listed herself in professional directories as a Native American and was touted as Harvard Law School’s first “woman of color” professor.

However, when Warren entered politics her story gained deeper scrutiny and began to unravel. The Cherokee Nation, to which she claimed affinity, had no record of her ancestry going back as far as its tribal records went, and it said so publicly.

Beyond its evidence that Warren is infected with the virus of liberal self-loathing to such an extent that she is ashamed of being a white European-American, being Native American had become such an important part of her brand that she even went so far as to claim her parents eloped because of racism against her mother’s Native American ancestry, brazenly announcing on TV that her father was told, “You can’t marry her because she’s part Cherokee and she’s part Delaware.”

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Donald Trump picked-up on this puffery early on and began to goad her about being a fake Indian, at one point even saying he would make a million-dollar donation if she could prove she was a Native American.

Apparently, Trump’s talent for making Democrats do dumb stuff began to work its magic, because Senator Warren had her DNA tested to prove she was indeed of Native American ancestry.

The test results were not exactly what Elizabeth Warren must have expected: The report on Warren’s DNA concludes that there is “strong evidence” that the senator had a Native American in her family tree dating back six to 10 generations.

The DNA analysis, by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor, concludes that “the vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European but that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor in the individual’s pedigree, likely in the range of 6-10 generations ago.”

Meaning that Elizabeth Warren’s DNA results show that the Democrat’s Native American ancestry is roughly the same as that of the average white American and may be less.

Most sensible politicians would have quietly buried that test, just as they bury unfavorable poll results or other embarrassing information, but not Senator Warren, she decided to brazen it out and proclaim that *possibly* being 1/1024 (0.09%) Native American proved her claim.

The Republican National Committee seized on the report, suggesting that it did little to bolster her contention. The RNC pointed out that if Warren’s Native American ancestor was from 10 generations ago, that would make her less than 0.1 percent Native American.

“To put that in perspective, Warren might even be less Native American than the average European American,” the RNC said, pointing to a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics that found that “European-Americans had genomes that were on average 98.6 percent European, .19 percent African, and .18 Native American.”

Meanwhile, the Cherokee Nation criticized Warren's announcement, saying her use of a DNA test is "useless" for determining tribal citizenship and that using a DNA test to determine connection to any tribal nation is "inappropriate and wrong."

As Philip Wegmann of the Washington Examiner observed, Warren regularly bragged about her heritage and listed herself as a minority in the Association of American Law School’s directory while a Harvard Law School professor and even contributed a recipe to a Native American cookbook called Pow Wow Chow. Harvard's law school bragged about her as a Native American hire.

Until the recent analysis, there was no absolute proof that Warren is not Native American. Now there is.

Despite her televised claims of Cherokee and Delaware Indiana heritage, Warren has never had any tribal affiliation, and the DNA test raised the possibility that she is whiter than the average white person despite all her bragging.

After the release of the DNA test, Trump continued to lay it on, tweeting:

Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed. She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, “DNA test is useless.” Even they don’t want her. Phony!

In response Warren unleashed a storm of 28 tweets calling Trump "a bully that scares easy" but no one, especially on social media, seemed to be buying the idea that having one POSSIBLE Native American ancestor 200 years ago makes one an Indian.

Despite her show of bravado, Warren has just guaranteed that her 2020 presidential campaign will be about her geneology and her weird liberal self-loathing and provide another example of Trump’s awesome power to make Democrats do dumb stuff.

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's and is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns. A member of American MENSA, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry now-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Rasley's ancestors came to the Massachusettes Bay Colony in the 1600s, he figures that makes him as native American as he needs to be. 

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