That’s been controversial for years now, but just last night President Trump brought it up at a rally in Montana, once again pejoratively calling her “Pocahontas.” But this time, he said he wants to force her to take a DNA test to prove it.
“You know those little kits they sell on television for two dollars? Learn your heritage!” Trump said. He then rambled about how he was going to throw one “gently” at Warren and make her prove she’s part Native American.
Then, addressing Warren, he said, “I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity paid for by Trump if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.”
And while Kelly found fault with Trump calling Warren “Pocahontas,” she and the president were on the same page on another subject.
“Maybe Trump’s on to something,” said Kelly. “[Warren] should take the heritage test and if it backs her up, she can check the box as much as she wants.”
During her 2012 Senate race, Warren explained her belief, saying her grandparents told her about her ethnic origins, using her family’s high cheekbones as partial evidence.
On her show, Kelly was quick to criticize that, saying, “I also have high cheekbones, doesn’t make me Native American.”
After recalling Warren’s cheekbone explanation, Kelly turned to her studio audience and said, “I’m sorry, this happened. You may like Elizabeth Warren, but this is why [Trump’s] mocking her.”
The conversation briefly pivoted to a broader discussion of minority benefits in this country, with NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk saying Warren’s Native American claim has not helped her succeed.
Kelly responded, “I just think if you’re going to claim minority status, given how protected that class is in the United States, that it better be legit.”
On Thursday, Warren fired back at Trump and used his DNA test idea against him, criticizing his policy of separating families at the border.
Hey, @realDonaldTrump: While you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order. Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you're destroying.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) July 5, 2018
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