Sen. Elizabeth Warren does actually have some Native American blood in her DNA…well, kinda.
Warren gave her DNA test results to the Boston Globe, and she seems pretty ecstatic about it. The Globe reported that Warren had “planned an elaborate rollout Monday of the results as she aimed for widespread attention.”
But, were the results anything that would induce a “thrill up the leg” moment? Hardly.
According to the Globe, Warren’s results indicated that there’s “‘strong evidence’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations.” That would have to be a pretty tall tree to then make the assertion that Warren herself is Native American.
The Globe also reported:
The inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If her great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, that puts her at 1/32nd American Indian. But the report includes the possibility that she’s just 1/1024th Native American if the ancestor is 10 generations back.
Okay — let’s do a little genealogy math here. Shall we?
Even if Warren was 1/32nd Native American, that would mean that she is just three percent Native American. If you take her DNA analysis’ 1/1024th statistic, Warren could be as little as 0.09 percent Native American. That’s a percentage so low that even a geneticist would say, ‘Come on. Give it up.’
Warren will most likely use these results as some kind of retaliation towards President Trump for mocking her supposed “heritage,” going so far as to offer Warren $1 million to the charity of her choice back in July if the senator took a DNA test and it showed that she was, in any way, Native American.
In February, Warren doubled-down on her “heritage” and said that “no one” can ever take her “heritage” away from her.
“The story they lived will always be a part of me,” Warren said. “And no one — not even the president of the United States — will ever take that part of me away.”
She’s right. No one could ever take her “heritage” away from her, because it would be extremely difficult to find the scant traces in her DNA.