‘She perpetrated some level of fraud, and that hurts affirmative action…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) An NBC reporter criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for claiming Native American ancestry, saying minorities should be upset with her.
“The people who are most offended by this are people who believe in affirmative action because they’re like Elizabeth Warren didn’t need affirmative action, she perpetrated some level of fraud, and that hurts affirmative action,” political reporter Jonathan Allen said during an interview on “The Bill Press Show.”
Warren released a DNA test proving her Native American heritage, but the results show that there’s barely a fraction of Native American blood in her pedigree. Allen said this percentage doesn’t make Warren a minority, so she shouldn’t be claiming that title.
It’s unclear why Warren released the DNA test last week. Many Democrats questioned the timing of it, suggesting it was part of a political stunt to boost her image in the Democratic Party. But Politico reported that the test really didn’t make a difference.
“Elizabeth Warren’s decision to divulge her ancestry results did little to impact her standing among self-identified liberals,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “Notably, over a quarter of liberals (26 percent) have a favorable impression of Warren’s decision to release her DNA results, compared to just 12 percent who have an unfavorable one.”
A plurality of Democrats surveyed by Politico agreed with Allen that what Warren did was “inappropriate”—more than 45 percent said Warren’s test was inconsequential and wrong.
The Cherokee Nation also denounced Warren, saying she has no right to claim Native American heritage.
“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven.”