Boston radio host Howie Carr revealed on his show on Friday that he attempted six years ago to obtain a DNA sample from a pen cap that Sen. Elizabeth Warren had removed with her lips before she signed a book in order to really understand what her heritage is, reports The Washington Times.
After Warren has received backlash from both Republicans and her fellow Democrats over her contested claim of having Native American heritage, many have said she should take a DNA test to prove it then. Carr is taking that to heart and is offering to send an overnight DNA kit to Warren.
“I have a backup plan, but it will involve some sneaky stuff, which I’ve tried before,” Mr. Carr said in a Boston Herald op-ed.
During Warren’s 2012 Senate run, one of his people handed her a copy of “Pow Wow Chow,” the Indian cookbook to which she submitted a recipe, along with a capped pen at a campaign event in Worcester.
“Before she realized she was being pranked, Fauxcahontas pulled the cap off the pen—with her teeth,” said Mr. Carr. “I sent the pen off for testing. But alas, there wasn’t enough saliva on it.”
President Trump has taken to calling Warren “Pocahontas” after he heard of her ridiculous rumors of claiming to be part Native American just so she could be recognized as a minority faculty member of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania law schools.
Two weeks ago, the Berkshire [Mass.] Eagle urged her to put the issue to rest by taking a test and releasing the results, a suggestion echoed by Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi.
Shiva Ayyadurai, a Senate candidate running as an Independent, sent her DNA kits twice last year, only to have them returned. Mr. Carr, who first suggested she test her DNA in 2014, pointed out that the Massachusetts Democrat was likely to attend the annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in South Boston, adding, “so if someone could grab her water glass.”
Warren, who is not an enrolled member of any tribe, has pointed to her family lore, saying that being Native American was “part of my story” growing up in Oklahoma, but has dodged trying to take the DNA tests.
“I think this was fully litigated in 2012 here in Massachusetts,” she said in a March 10 interview on public-television station WGBY after being asked whether she would take a DNA test.
“The way I see it at the end of the day what the people of Massachusetts said is they care a whole lot more about their families than they did about my background,” she said. “My brothers and I, we grew up in Oklahoma, and we know our story from our mom and our dad and our grandmothers and our grandfather.”