Elizabeth Warren thought she was in line for a puff piece interview about her political future.
But those hopes were quickly dashed.
A TV host shut Warren down with this question about a scandal that threatens her career.
Warren appeared on Meet the Press where she was once again asked about the controversy surrounding her lying about having Native American heritage to advance her career.
A local paper said Warren could put the claim to rest – considering the only evidence she has ever offered are family stories and the “high cheek bones” of a family member – by taking a DNA test.
But when Warren was asked if she would take the DNA test, she melted down into a sputtering mess about how “she knew who she was.”
The New York Post reports:
“Sen. Elizabeth Warren batted down calls for her to take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage in an interview that aired Sunday.
“I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere,” Warren said of her ancestry on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The Massachusetts Democrat has been under increased pressure to provide evidence of her Native American roots, with President Trump repeatedly mocking her as “Pocahontas” as recently as Saturday.
An editorial this month in Massachusetts’s Berkshire Eagle urged Warren to buy a DNA test for $99 to resolve the issue once and for all.
“All the senator needs to do is spit into a tube, wait a few weeks and get her answer,” the paper said.
Asked whether she’d take an ancestry test, Warren said she wants to hold onto the folklore of her parents’ love story.”
In that same interview, Warren also claimed she was not running for President in 2020.
It was a denial she has made before.
But political pundits do not believe her.
These experts view her recent moves – such as sending out a fundraising email attacking Democrats who joined Republicans on passing a banking reform bill – as laying the groundwork for a Presidential campaign by trying to stake out the farthest left positions as possible.
Warren is viewed as a “hero” by the left-wing base of the party and political observers rate her as one of the top contenders for the 2020 nomination.
But her lies about being Native American could come back to haunt her.
The Democrat voting base is obsessed with race.
And social justice warriors could turn on a white woman who claimed to be a minority in order to benefit her career.
Warren did not have a good answer on Meet the Press to questions about her controversial claims about being Native American and it may sink her in 2020 if she decides to jump into the race.