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 push is in part a rebuttal to Trump, who has repeatedly referred to Warren as "Pocahontas" to try to discredit a potential rival by calling into question her claims of heritage. "I never used it to advance my career", she reportedly told the organization.
However, Warren's reflection of her heritage remains based on what she was told by her parents. "It's what we learned from our grandparents, it's what we learned from our aunts and our uncles".
In the speech, Warren, who doesn't claim citizenship in a tribe, said, "My mother's family was part Native American. Can't seem to make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without trying to make something else out of it", she added.
"She truly understands Indian country and what sovereignty really means", Andrews-Maltais 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. "And never used it for anything, never got any benefit out of it anywhere", she said.
"If I don't win the election, [news] ratings are going to go so far down, they'll be out of business, every one of them".
Warren's public embrace of her family story could carry political risks - but not necessarily from Trump.
After hearing this story, Todd returned to his initial concern: Why not do genealogical research or take a DNA test to find out her actual heritage?