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Liz Warren Explains 'Trust' Had to Do With Decision to Release DNA Test Results

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) broke the internet last week to release her DNA test results to "prove" she was Native American. She has long been criticized for cultural misappropriation, reportedly claiming she was Cherokee while trying to score a professorial position at Harvard. That controversy was all put to rest last week when her DNA results showed she was 1/1,024 Native American. (sarcasm) 

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Her "proof" was so slight that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) even joked that he could probably beat her and prove he's more Native American. We're still waiting for the results of that one. 

Still facing criticism, including from the Cherokee Nation itself, Warren is defending her release of the test results as a way to improve "trust." 

Back in March she said she did not need to take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage. What changed her mind, the moderator asked her at a Senate debate Sunday. Warren explained that she felt it was her duty to release the results because Americans' trust in government is "at an all-time low" and she wanted to be transparent. Her opponent Rep. Geoff Diehl wasn't so convinced.

"It's about integrity in my mind," Diehl said. "And I don't care whether you think you benefited or not from that claim, it's the fact that you tried to benefit from that claim that I think bothers a lot of people and it's something you haven't been able to put to rest since the 2012 campaign." 

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President Trump has had fun with Warren's supposed Native American background on more than one occasion. He once offered $1 million to the charity of Warren's choice if she could prove she was Cherokee. There's some debate over whether he should now fork over the money.

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