Despite DNA Debacle, Warren Is Reportedly Moving Forward With 2020 Run

Elizabeth Warren may not have won over many new fans by sharing a DNA test that said 99.9 percent of her genes were not Native American—disputing her claim to be of Native American desent—but the Massachusetts Senator may be pressing forward with a 2020 run anyway.

Politico reports Warren has an existing political network which could springboard Warren onto the national scene, should she ultimately decide to run for the presidency.

“She has the seed money — there’s $12.5 million ready to go, left over from her recent Senate run — and a massive email list she’s amassed over years, boosted by a $3.3 million investment in digital infrastructure and advertising in the last election alone,” Politico reports. “Her aides have been quietly shopping for presidential campaign headquarters space in the Boston area in recent weeks, according to a source with knowledge of the move.”

“When and if she does, she’ll be rolling out arguably the most advanced and sweeping infrastructure in the Democratic field, a plug-and-play campaign that could give her a massive head start on nearly every contender in the burgeoning primary roster, with only Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) coming close,” the report continued.

There are more than 30 potential Democratic candidates considering a run against President Trump in 2020 and Warren had tremendous momentum to run before she chose to take and release the results of a DNA test which she claimed proved her Native American ancestry.

Warren released the test amid various calls to do so—including from President Trump. However, the results did not exactly pan in her favor. The subsequent backlash indisputably derailed the momentum the Democrat had in a large field of potential 2020 candidates.

From Rolling Stone:

At the time of her announcement, Chuck Hoskin, the Cherokee Nation secretary of state, rebuked the senator. “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,” Hoskin said in a statement, noting that such tests cannot determine tribal membership. “Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.” Though Warren insisted that she was claiming Cherokee heritage, not citizenship, University of Alberta professor Kim Tallbear argued that the senator would confuse a public (and press) unfamiliar with the difference. Tallbear, who wrote a book about Native American DNA, blasted Warren for “making settler-colonial claims” to both the cultural and biological birthright of indigenous peoples.

CNN similarly reports that Warren’s heritage “reveal was just as bad as you thought it was.”

Here’s more:

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When Elizabeth Warren unveiled a 5-minute video aimed at putting to rest questions as to whether she actually was Native American in mid-October, it was, um, not well-received. It turns out that the damage done to Warren’s political prospects in 2020 was significant, and has forced her allies to consider more drastic methods to take the issue off the table.

And:

And unfortunately for Warren, the video — and the DNA test which Warren took in it — didn’t clarify much of anything. When the “wow” moment of the video is when a geneticist tells Warren “the facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in your pedigree,” you know the attempt to button this whole controversy up has failed. Estimates that Warren possesses from 1/64th to 1/1024th Native American heritage — and those from people who were on Warren’s side! — didn’t help matters.

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