Should Elizabeth Warren take a DNA test?

Let’s end our DNA series on a statistical note…

As I’m sure you know, President Trump often calls Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” … a reference to her claim of Native American ancestry.

Nobody seems to deny the fact that she self-classified herself as a Native American and “person of color” on her academics records.

Skeptics say that was to secure minority preferences.

Supporters say “so what?” … she might be and there’s no evidence of preferential treatment.



So, how to resolve this thorny issue?


A couple of months ago, a Massachusetts newspaper — The Berkshire Eagle) — opined :

The same technology that can match a perpetrator to a crime with virtually 100 percent certainty could settle the question of Senator Warren’s heritage for all time.

There are now so many commercial DNA heritage-tracking labs in business that they advertise on television.

The going rate for one of the most popular tests is $99.

All the senator needs to do is spit into a tube, wait a few weeks and get her answer.

Were she to test positive for Native American DNA, it would permanently resolve the issue — while possibly shutting down President Trump.

Senator Warren wasn’t too keen on the idea, arguing that “I know who I am. And, I know what my parents told me.”

Apparently, that’s not good enough for some doubters.

Most recently,

Debbie White Dove Porreco has popped up on some cable shows.

She is a member of the Mattaponi tribe and claims – with some modicum of evidence —  she is a descendant of Pocahontas.

What’s known for sure is that her father was a tribal chief, that she grew up on an Indian reservation and, oh yeah, she’s an avid Trump supporter

White Dove  says:

I respect Sen. Warren as a U.S. senator, but I just wish she’d take the DNA test … that would end a lot of this controversy.

If she is American Indian, I would be the first one to welcome her into our heritage.

So, why won’t Warren take the test?

White Dove says “Maybe she’s afraid she’s not.”

Or, maybe Warren just took a course in genetics an realizes that the odd just aren’t on her side, even if she’s speaking with a straight tongue.

The Washington Post has already published Warren’s defense if a DNA test comes back negative for Indian ancestry

The bottom line: DNA gets “diluted” if you go back more than a generation or so.

You know, you get 50% of your DNA from each parent, 25% from each grandparent, 12,5% from each great-grandparent, etc.

So, if Warren’s parents or grandparents had certifiable Indian DNA … it would be a slam dunk.

But, if Warren’s ancestry goes back a few generations, then the associated DNA traces might get lost in the rounding.

So, if a Warren DNA test came back positive for Indian DNA, she’d be home free.

But, if it came back negative – it might indicate that Warren has been speaking with a forked tongue.

Or, it might be a false negative – not enough Indian DNA for the tests to it pick-up … even if Warren does have distant Indian ancestry.

Imagine the Senator trying to explain that one.


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One Response to “Should Elizabeth Warren take a DNA test?”

  1. John Milnes Baker Says:

    Elizabeth Warren is as phony as they come. (and there are many to pick from). She’ll never take a DNA test – it would show her as the Fauxcahontas that she is. I hope she runs in 2020. She’s at the top of the list of potential candidates followed by Joe Biden. Good luck with that combination.

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