In July (above), Donald Trump said he would give Elizabeth Warren's favorite charity a $1 million donation if she took a DNA test and it proved she had Native American ancestry.
"Warren's video shows that she is more focused on her presidential ambitions than being the Senator for MA", he said in a campaign press release saying Warren should drop out of the Senate race. On Monday she released results of a DNA test that provide what an analyst says is "strong evidence" she has a Native American in her family tree. Which is to say: Warren identified as Native American because that was how many people in the (profoundly racist) society of early 20th century Oklahoma identified her mother. We'll be on to something new before you're done reading this post.
"When I made a decision to run for Senate in 2012, I never thought that my family's Native American heritage would come under attack and my dead parents would be called liars", she said in a statement on Monday. "Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage".
It's not clear Warren's hiring there or anywhere else had anything to do with her heritage.
Asked about his million-dollar rally quote, Trump told reporters today, "I didn't say that". The press will surely hold the president's feet to the fire, and he will magnanimously concede that he was wrong about Warren, before apologizing for constantly mocking her for the past two years.
As for how Trump will handle his bet about Warren's ancestry, I think John McCormack nailed it: The only proper thing to do is to donate $976.57 to Warren's charity.
Less than 5 minutes ago @realDonaldTrump denied saying he'd ever offered to give Elizabeth Warren $1 million to take a DNA test. "I know that everybody likes to pick their junk science and sound science depending on the conclusion it seems some days".
The analysis was done by Stanford Professor Carlos D. Bustamante, a former victor of the MacArthur genius grant for his work on DNA. As she states on her website, "Donald Trump uses racism, sexism, homophobia, bigotry and hate to divide and distract us while he rigs the system for the rich and powerful".
"Let's say I'm debating Pocahontas, right?" he said.
Warren is now demanding Trump make good on his promise. It was the Crimson that referred to her as a Native American.
"I'm not enrolled in a tribe and only tribes determine tribal citizenship. I think she's talking about this appropriately, but as a geneticist I want to stress this point: No DNA test can tell you whether or not you're Native American". "Warren has far less than one percent Native American ancestry, and that her genetic makeup is perhaps similar to that of the average white person in the U.S".