Scott Brown: Elizabeth Warren 'Can Take a DNA Test' to Prove Cherokee Roots

No, it's not 2012 again
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2016 4:55 PM CDT
Scott Brown: Elizabeth Warren 'Can Take a DNA Test' to Prove Cherokee Roots
File-This Jan. 20, 2010, file photo shows U.S. Sen.-elect Scott Brown, R-Mass., smiling as he addresses reporters during a news conference at the Park Plaza hotel in Boston.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown is not letting the Elizabeth Warren Native American controversy go. For those of you who don't remember, Warren's claims of Native American ancestry made waves during the 2012 senate race (she's reportedly only 1/32 Cherokee), and Brown made sure to rail on Warren over the claim often; his supporters edited images of her to include a feather headdress, for example, or called her "Fauxcahontas." (He still lost the race to her anyway.) Brown, who has now endorsed Donald Trump for president, brought the controversy up again Monday in a conference call with reporters that was organized by the Republican National Committee, the Washington Post reports.

"As you know, she's not Native American. She's not 1/32 Cherokee. She has no Native American background, except for what her family told her," Brown said, per CNN. "The easy answer, as you all know, is that Harvard and Penn can release those records, she can authorize the release of those records, she can take a DNA test, she can release the records herself. There's never been any effort." He continued to insist that she may have taken teaching jobs away from other non-white applicants: "That took away somebody who truly was a Native American and gave that opportunity to somebody who is not, and that's just not right. It's a reverse form of racism, quite frankly." (Warren had choice words for Trump Monday.)

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