President Donald Trump reacted to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s genealogy test results during his Montana rally Thursday.
“The one good thing about her test is there was so little — she had less than the average American. I used to say, ‘I have more Indian blood in me than she does and I have none,’ and I was right,” he said.
He said that Warren is “probably disqualified” from running for President in 2020 and that she “made a fool of herself.”
He continued: “She has so little Indian blood she has none that I cannot call her Pocahontas anymore. But if you don’t mind I will continue.”
“It’ll show everybody what a phony she is,” he added.
Some background: The Massachusetts senator released a DNA test showing she has distant Native American ancestry, in an apparent attempt to pre-empt further questions and attacks should she run for president in 2020.
Warren first faced scrutiny for her purported Native American heritage during her 2012 Senate race. But Trump has revived and amplified the controversy as he eyes Warren as a possible rival, frequently mocking her with the nickname “Pocahontas.”
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. released a statement Monday saying using a DNA test to claim a connection to any tribal nation is “inappropriate and wrong.”
“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,” he said. “Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”