Sen. Warren Reveals DNA Test Results And Calls On President Trump To Donate To Charity

"I don’t take any fight lying down," Warren said.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling on President Donald Trump to donate $1 million to a charity that helps to protect Native American women from violence. The challenge comes after President Trump promised to supply the money if she took a DNA test that proved her Native American heritage, which Warren claims she has. 

Sen. Warren, whose family history has been a hot-button issue for some time, revealed on Monday that she took a DNA test which suggested there was "strong evidence" she had a Native American ancestor between six and 10 generations back in her family. The DNA test came after years of scrutiny over how Warren has portrayed her heritage and a challenge from the president to produce evidence she was Native American.

Warren first revealed the results of the test to The Boston Globe, and has now made the documents public for all to see. It was administered by Carlos D. Bustamante, who Warren's team says did not know who the test was for. Bustamante is an expert in the field who has won a MacArthur Foundation genius grant for work on tracking population migration via DNA analysis. He now teaches at Stanford University. 


"I never expected my family's story to be used as a racist political joke, but I don't take any fight lying down," Warren said on Twitter. "I want you to have the power to fight lies with the truth, so here's a new site for you to review every document for yourself."

In July, Trump had offered Warren $1 million dollars to her "favorite charity" for a DNA test that proved her ancestry. Warren released the DNA test Monday morning and asked Trump to donate the money to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC), which works to protect Native American women from violence. Trump claimed to reporters that he had never made such a promise.  Later, to reporters, he said he would only donate the promised money if he could administer the test "personally." 

While some Democrats cheered Warren's DNA results, which seemed to support her family's lore, others were more skeptical. Conservatives across Twitter were quick to point out that the Bustamante's results meant there was a chance Warren's Native American relative existed 10 generations ago, which would make her 1/1,024th Native American. Much of the controversy stems from the fact that "Warren had her ethnicity changed from white to Native American at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she taught from 1987 to 1995, and at Harvard University Law School, where she was a tenured faculty member starting in 1995," according to The Boston Globe.

It remains to be seen if the president will donate the sum to the NIWRC and the women it has pledged to defend.

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