Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) would not say Sunday if she would take a DNA "spit test" to prove her longtime claims of Native American heritage, instead pivoting to telling the story of her family and saying "it's a part of who I am".
The Democrats story is under fire for relying on family talk rather than official tribal documentation like most Native Americans.
Warren tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that she knows there's anxiety among Democrats about a possible second Trump term. "We need a comprehensive rethinking of our trade policy".
Native women are subjected to sexual violence at rates much higher than any other group in our country. But Democrats have struck a more measured tone, as many members of the party's progressive wing have always been critical of free trade agreements they believe harm USA workers. She is already running for re-election to the Senate in 2018.
"I am in this fight to retain my Senate seat in 2018". "Never got any benefit from it anywhere".
Last month, Warren addressed the National Congress of American Indians, trying to cast her family's story in the larger context of challenges facing native peoples.
Trump returned to the familiar attack during a Pennsylvania rally Saturday night, mocking Warren, who has claimed native heritage based on family stories from her Oklahoma relatives, but does not claim membership in a tribe. Warren could deliver the rebuke of all rebukes to Trump by posting her DNA test results to back up her claims. And never used it for anything.
"Every time someone brings up my family's story, I'm going to use it to lift up the story of your families and your communities", Warren told those gathered for the Washington event. And the American government is doing nothing about this, ' she said.
The Democrat, who had reportedly claimed family ties to Cherokee and DE tribes, said she was unaware that the university had promoted her as a minority professor, according to the Associated Press.