MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin jokingly mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday after her big announcement that she may be 1/1024th Native American.
During a segment on MSNBC, Melvin couldn’t help but poke fun at Warren’s self-proclaimed Native American heritage. Melvin found it so comical at one point that he said, “I might be just as Native Americans has she is.”
The segment began with the panel discussing the DNA test Warren released on Monday, which shows that she is only 1/1,024th American Indian, which is less than the average white person from North America. She might be .0097 percent Indian, and yet she is apparently standing by her claims.
“Did she gain anything by putting out the DNA test results?” Melvin asked Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey. “Best I can gather, according to your paper’s reporting, she’s 1/1,000th, something like that.”
“I might be just as Native American as she is,” Melvin joked.
It would be an understatement to say that Warren’s DNA test proves anything other than she has less Native American ancestry in her family lore than the average white person from the U.S.
Warren provided the DNA results to The Boston Globe, and she claims the test shows that she has a trace of Native American in her family history, a claim that has been challenged by many for several years. However, the report shows that she had one “unadmixed Native American ancestor” dating back to around the 1700s.
Warren’s DNA test was administered and handled by Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante.
Bustamante concluded that “the vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European, but said the Democrat Senator’s results show the existence of an “unadmixed Native American ancestor” dating back hundreds of years.
Bustamante calculated that Warren’s only Native American ancestor appears in her family tree “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.” Bustamante said he believes the ancestor could have been Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, who was partially Native American.
Smith was born in the late 1700s, and identified as “white” in historical documents, according to the Globe.
Bustamante’s report states that it is also possible that Warren is only 1/1,024th Native American if Smith is 10 generations back.
Bustamente’s conclusions came with the caveat that they were based on DNA from people of Mexico, Peru, and Colombia, and not necessarily Native Americans.
Warren’s DNA test came after she has been engulfed in controversy for claiming to have Cherokee Indian heritage. Her controversy began years ago when she claimed on her paperwork to be Native American when she was a law professor at Harvard University.
Her reasoning has gotten so bad that she once claimed her “high cheekbones” proved she was Cherokee Indian. Last month, President Donald Trump said he would give $1 million to Warren’s favorite charity if she agrees to take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage.
Like Melvin, conservatives on Twitter lambasted Warren’s test and the fact that she has less American Indian DNA in her family lore than the average white person from North America.
Lol facts only pic.twitter.com/wc4B08L6TR
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 15, 2018
CONFIRMED: Elizabeth Warren might also be 1/1024th banana. https://t.co/4gmuwuq9ry
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 15, 2018
Christopher Columbus had almost as much Native American heritage as Elizabeth Warren does
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) October 15, 2018
0/1,024th President. pic.twitter.com/arbDrH0IYl
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) October 15, 2018