Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox Tuesday that he plans to take a DNA test because he thinks he might have a higher percentage of Native American heritage than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Warren recently touted her DNA results which found that she was between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American. She pointed to the results as proof of the Cherokee heritage that she’s been mocked for claiming throughout her career.
"I've been told that my grandmother was part Cherokee Indian. It may all be just talk, but you're gonna find out in a couple of weeks because I'm gonna take this test," Sen. Graham said.
“The results (are) going to be revealed here,” he promised on “Fox & Friends,” saying, “this is my Trump moment.”
“She’s less than one tenth of one percent,” he said, “I think I can beat her.”
The Cherokee nation was offended by Warren’s claim to their heritage. They argued that “using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.”
"It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven," they added.
Cherokee Nation responds to release of Senator Warren’s DNA test. pic.twitter.com/UUB8LSvmyo— CherokeeNation (@CherokeeNation) October 15, 2018
President Trump tweeted his own opinion of Warren’s ancestry claims Tuesday.
Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed. She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, “DNA test is useless.” Even they don’t want her. Phony!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018