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Elizabeth Warren Questioned About Heritage at First Campaign Stop

Elizabeth Warren made her step towards the 2020 election at a campaign event in Iowa on Saturday, but was quickly pulled back into an issue that has plagued her when an audience member asked why she opted to release her DNA results. During an event in Sioux City, Iowa, an audience member asked Warren why she decided to undergo DNA testing “and give Donald Trump more fodder to be a bully?” Warren responded by saying the test wasn't meant to show any claim to tribe membership. Warren released results from the DNA test in October in response to criticism from Republicans, including President Donald Trump who nicknamed her “Pocahontas” for stating she has Native American ancestry. The results showed “strong evidence” of Native American ancestry, but have been widely mocked. The Cherokee nation said using “a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.”