Trump Persuades Warren to Apologize

The president has called her out numerous times. Now she has to finally apologize.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for taking a DNA test to prove she had Native-American ancestry, taking a step to smooth over the lingering controversy as she prepares to formally launch her 2020 presidential campaign.

“Senator Warren has reached out to us and has apologized to the tribe. We are encouraged by this dialogue and understanding that being a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen is rooted in centuries of culture and laws, not through DNA tests,” Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Julie Hubbard said in a statement.

The October DNA test by the Massachusetts senator angered some tribal leaders and sparked plenty of political pushback against the senator at the time.

The New York Times and The Intercept first reported the apology, a break from Warren’s past reluctance to issue one. But the Times reported Warren privately expressed concern she may have hurt her standing with Native-American groups and her own supporters in her handling of the test.

“We are encouraged by her action and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and Indian history and heritage will now come to an end,” Hubbard added.

The move comes just over a week before Warren is expected to formally declare her candidacy for president, after having launched an exploratory committee. On Thursday, her campaign teased that Warren would have an announcement on Feb. 9.

Warren’s effort to clean up from the DNA test rollout comes as several other big-name figures enter the 2020 race — most recently, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on Friday.

Warren, who was born and grew up in Oklahoma, had for decades claimed to have Native American heritage. But it wasn’t until her successful 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts that she revealed she had claimed minority status at universities where she worked. The controversy became an issue in her race against Republican incumbent Scott Brown.

Warren rolled out her DNA results just weeks before the 2018 midterm elections. She was criticized for even conducting the test and was accused of succumbing to attacks from President Trump – who has repeatedly called her “Pocahontas” in his campaign-style rallies and on social media.

The DNA results also fueled claims by Republican critics that she used a trace amount of Native American heritage to advance her academic career.

The test itself revealed strong evidence the Massachusetts senator had a Native-American ancestor dating back six to 10 generations. But that means if Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother were Native American, she would be considered 1/64 Native American. Should Warren’s ancestor date back 10 generations, she would be only 1/1,024 Native American.

The Cherokee Nation slammed Warren at the time, with the tribe’s secretary of state Chuck Hoskin Jr., saying the use of “a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.”

Warren’s apology appears to be an about-face by the senator, who up until now had repeatedly defended taking the DNA test.

Asked about it on the campaign trail in Iowa – days after she launched a presidential exploratory committee on Dec. 31 – Warren said she acted in the interest of transparency.

“My decision was I’m just going to put it all out there. All my hiring records. Including the DNA test. It’s out there. It’s online. Anybody can look at it,” she explained.

The Warren campaign did not immediately respond to a request by Fox News for comment on Friday.


You Might Like
Tell Us What You Think


  • Terry Reed
    Posted February 2, 2019 7:47 pm 0Likes

    Your headline is a COMPLETE LIE! “Trump Persuades Warren to Apologize” is pure bullcorn! HE had NOTHING to do with her decisions! Good grief. If you want people to read your stuff, you better quit LYING to us! I AM a conservative and I’ll tell you true: NO ADULT LIKES BEING TRICKED! AND NO ONE LIKES BEING LIED TO … liberal or conservative! For me, this has blown it! I’ll not subscribe to liars.

  • Phil in TX
    Posted February 2, 2019 11:50 pm 0Likes

    Fauxcahontas trying to save face. Good luck with that.

    Phil in TX

    • A real Cherokee told me you ne
      Posted April 14, 2019 11:05 pm 0Likes

      A real Cherokee told me you need to be 1/16 to claim any Native American heritage!

  • Paul
    Posted February 2, 2019 11:54 pm 0Likes

    Just apologize and every harm you caused goes away?

  • Junius Graham
    Posted February 3, 2019 12:02 am 0Likes

    The only plan the Democrats have is killing Babies and destroying America!

  • Ben Totuous
    Posted February 3, 2019 12:10 am 0Likes

    Horse shit. That scumbag TurdRUMP is the one spewing the racist garbage. He has offended every race, including his own. Because he is an embarrassment to whites. Somebody get that asshole the mental help he urgently needs.

  • Gerald Ladd
    Posted February 3, 2019 12:22 am 0Likes

    Pockafuckus apologized because she got caught in a lie. no other reason.

  • Molly Cook
    Posted February 3, 2019 1:18 am 0Likes

    So…will she pay back the tuition paid for her, because she was…WAS…a native American??

  • Dixie Shooter
    Posted February 3, 2019 2:03 am 0Likes

    I’d rather have a 1/1024th of a Cherokee indian in congress than these full blooded muslims that support terrorism against Israel and the United States of America we now have in there.

  • Him
    Posted February 3, 2019 2:29 am 0Likes

    Tomorrow…Warren persuedes Trump to apologise….for lecturing before fragments of remnants of native nation’s about who has right to be on this land.

  • Roy
    Posted February 3, 2019 6:45 am 0Likes

    Be interesting to see if her socialism views on health, education, etc. will register with common sense Americans!!!

    • 2004done
      Posted February 3, 2019 7:55 pm 0Likes

      Like “Medicare for all will doesn’t necessarily mean Health coverage for none” or “Bigger Government is ALWAYS better”? I hope common sense Americans will open the sack before they buy that pig in a poke.

  • Michael G Warren
    Posted February 3, 2019 11:33 am 0Likes

    She wasn’t FORCED to apologize to anyone. She seems to be a person of excellent character and CHOSE to apologize even if she did nothing wrong. To me, that shows humility. She might make a great POTUS.

  • Stephen E Gertz
    Posted February 3, 2019 2:43 pm 0Likes

    Elizabeth Warren is nothing more than Hillary II, the sequel! She is a liar, a cheater, and has no morals or conscience. She has lied about her Native American heritage to gain an advantage over the people who were infinitely more qualified for the positions which she was hired. She ran for Senator, not to represent the people of Massachusetts, but to gain a platform to run for president. What really bothers me is that the people of Massachusetts are so misinformed by the mass media that they elected her. She has no intention of representing us, nor did she ever. This country has gone to the dogs and it is people like her that are the cause. Please, in 2020, show her that we are not stupid. Do not let people like her turn this country into a communist nation.

  • Loyd Fonda
    Posted February 4, 2019 1:27 am 0Likes

    Socialism to the extent of full government control of all health care, for free ? There’s a cost and free college more trillions and no one had to earn it, wheres the sense of entitlement, your not born entitled but with the American advantage is to prosper according g to personal efforts.. European ideals dont belong in America

Leave a comment