Cherokee Nation to Elizabeth Warren: Drop dead. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State: “A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America. Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. . . . 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. Sen. Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
That said, more than anything, Democratic voters will be looking for a candidate who can take the fight to Trump — and win. Trump, as unpopular as he seems nationally, is an unconventional political force that nobody has been able to beat — not 16 other Republicans (many well-funded and experienced) and not Hillary Clinton. Whatever Trump’s weaknesses, he’s clearly demonstrated an instinctive understanding of politics in the modern media age.
Warren’s experience in politics has involved winning in a very liberal state, enjoying glowing media coverage, and being popular among progressive audiences. When it comes to national politics, she’s a relative novice. So all we know right now is that Warren’s early flirtation with presidential politics went horrifically, raising serious questions about her political instincts, which are hard to teach. She’s got plenty of time, of course, but if this is in any way indicative of how she’s going to run her campaign, she isn’t going to get close to the White House.
“Trump’s Superpower: Making His Opponents Do The Stupidest Possible Thing,” Ben Shapiro writes. As John Nolte tweets, “Other than McCain suspending his ’08 campaign, in all my decades of watching politics, I have never seen a high-profile presidential contender ever bungle anything as badly as Warren did this DNA test. It was a train wreck and dumpster fire all in one. Wow.”
YOUR DAILY TREACHER: DNA Test Proves Elizabeth Warren Is Heap Big Authentic.