On Meet the Press, Elizabeth Warren grilled with questions raised by Berkshire Eagle editorial


The Berkshire Eagle editorial calling on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to take a DNA test to end doubt about having Native American blood grabbed the national spotlight Sunday.

NBC "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd asked Warren to respond to the editorial just two days after she defended her ancestry in a regional television news program interview.

Warren, up for re-election in November, on Friday, told Carrie Saldo, host of WGBY's "Connecting Point" the story told by her parents and grandparents that her mother was part Native American "was just fine for my brothers and me."

On "Meet the Press," Warren repeated the backstory of how her parents met in Oklahoma where Warren grew up, indicating she has no reason to doubt her family's oral history.

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"It's part of me and no one's ever going to take that away from me — not ever," she said.

Warren's response came after Todd read a portion of the editorial, posted on the television screen, that appeared in The Eagle's Tuesday edition.

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"Were she to test positive for Native American DNA, it would permanently resolve the issue — while possibly shutting down President Trump. Should the test come up negative, it would be an opportunity for the senator to perform an act rarely seen among politicians: an admission of her error and a full-throated apology to Native American tribes and anyone else offended by her spurious claim," the editorial reads.

During her campaign for Senate in 2012, incumbent Scott Brown questioned the veracity of her Native American heritage and questions have lingered ever since, now with President Donald Trump referring to her sarcastically as "Pocahontas."

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The editorial referred to questions about whether Warren used a false claim of Native American heritage to further her academic career being her "Achilles' heel," and suggested that her political opponents will never let the issue fade until she either proves them wrong or admits an error.

"I know who I am, and never used [my heritage] for anything, never got any benefit from it anywhere," she said on "Meet the Press."

Warren also vehemently denied she is mounting a campaign for the presidency in 2020 and plans to fulfill her next 6-year term if re-elected to the Senate later this year.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagel.com and 413-496-6233.


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