Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) fired back at President Trump’s offer to pay her $1 million to take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage on Thursday.
“Hey, @realDonaldTrump: While you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order,” Warren tweeted.
“Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you’re destroying.”
Hey, @realDonaldTrump: While you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order. Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you're destroying.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) July 5, 2018
“And we will say, ‘I will give you a million dollars, paid for by Trump, to your favorite charity if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” Trump said at a campaign rally Thursday. “And we’ll see what she does. I have a feeling she will say no but we will hold it for the debates.”
Trump has repeatedly attacked Warren using the “Pocahontas” slur since the days of his presidential campaign.
During an event honoring three Navajos who helped the U.S. Marine Corps develop a secret code during WWII in November, Trump used the racial slur to mock Warren.
“Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas,” he said at the time.
Pres. Trump at event honoring Native American code talkers: "We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas." https://t.co/BnGk3GW3cy pic.twitter.com/SOGoXEIT6d
— ABC News (@ABC) November 27, 2017
“First and foremost, we appreciate the honor and recognition that has been bestowed upon the Navajo Code Talkers, who truly are National Treasures and protectors of freedom,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said in response to Trump’s slur. “In this day and age, all tribal nations still battle insensitive references to our people. The prejudice that Native American people face is an unfortunate historical legacy.”
“As Native Americans, we are proud people who have taken care of this land long before there was the United States of America and we will continue to fight for this Nation,” he added.
“It was our Code Talkers that ensured the freedom of the United States and that’s what is important to remember here.”
Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty called Trump’s “careless” comment the “latest example of systemic, deep-seated ignorance of Native Americans and our intrinsic right to exist and practice our ways of life.”
“The reference is using a historic American Indian figure as a derogatory insult and that’s an insult to all American Indians,” said John Norwood, the general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes.
Norwood said Trump should “stop using our historical people of significance as a racial slur against one of his opponents.”
“It was uncalled for,” said Marty Thompson, whose great uncle was a Navajo code talker. “He can say what he wants when he’s out doing his presidential business among his people, but when it comes to honoring veterans or any kind of people, he needs to grow up and quit saying things like that.”
Warren condemned for using a “racial slur” during an event honoring Native American “code talkers.”
“It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States can’t even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur.”
Warren has stood by her Native American heritage, saying earlier this year that she knows “who I am.”
“Look, I do know. I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere,” Warren said at the time. Warren’s critics allege she obtained past academic positions in part because she claimed to be part of a minority.