- Elizabeth Warren graciously declined a media request Sunday to take a DNA test
- The Massachusetts senator replied to local The Berkshire Eagle opinion piece
- Warren told Chuck Todd for an NBC Meet the Press interview, 'nobody is going to take' her Native American heritage
- President Donald Trump verbally attacked the senator at a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday
- The president called Warren 'Pocahontas' again as way to mock her family story
- Trump told the crowd: 'Can you imagine covering Bernie or Pocahontas? How about that?'
- Warren told Todd her father's family was opposed to her parents' relationship because her mom was Native American
- The senator also spoke about native women who are victims of sexual violence
- In a CNN interview, Warren confirmed she would not be running for president in 2020
Published: 05:44 GMT, 13 March 2018 | Updated: 05:59 GMT, 13 March 2018
Sen. Elizabeth Warren graciously declined request from a Massachusetts media outlet challenging her to take a DNA test in order to prove her Native American heritage.
In an NBC Meet the Press interview with Chuck Todd on Sunday, the presenter brought up the topic a day after President Donald Trump mocked the Democratic politician's ancestry spiel once more, by calling her 'Pocahontas' at a Pennsylvania rally.
Todd first brought up the editorial opinion piece published by Berkshire County newspaper, The Berkshire Eagle, which asked Warren to complete the test as way to put an end to the chatter about her family history.
In the piece titled, 'Our opinion: Warren must resolve debate on heritage', the staff wrote:
'Were she to test positive for Native American DNA, it would permanently resolve the issue – while possibly shutting down President Trump.
'Should the test come up negative, it would be an opportunity from the senator to perform an act rarely seen among politicians: an admission of her error and a full-throated apology to Native American tribes and anyone else offended by her spurious claim.'
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On NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tells Chuck Todd that her heritage never helped her gain a professional advantage
Warren rejected a local media outlet's request for her to take a DNA test as way to put to rest ongoing chatter about her ancestry
Chuck Todd first brought up the editorial opinion piece published by Berkshire County newspaper
The Berkshire Eagle challenged the senator to 'resolve the debate on heritage' at last
Appearing unbothered, Warren went on to share the tale about her lineage once more.
'So, let me tell you the story of my family,' she began. 'My mother and daddy were born and raised in Oklahoma. My daddy first saw my mother when they were both teenagers.'
Warren went on to divulge details about her parents' crazy love for one another, while touching base on the challenges they faced and explaining how her father's parents frowned upon her mother's descent.
'His family was bitterly opposed to their relationship because she was part Native American,' Warren told Todd during the segment.
'They eventually eloped (and) survived The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl,' she went on to say. 'They raised my three brothers, all of whom headed off to the military, and me.'
Warren proudly boasted about the 60-some years her parents maintained their unity and explained how the sweet story has been passed down generations.
President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania March 10, 2018, where he made snide remarks about Warren's heritage
Trump told a crowd Saturday: 'Can you imagine covering Bernie or Pocahontas? How about that?'
'It's a part of me… and nobody is going to take that part of me away. Not ever,' Warren said.
When Todd asked her why she is against knowing the results for sure, Warren replied: 'I do know… I know who I am.'
While the senator said she never used her heritage claim to get ahead, she has been found listed as minority faculty in university directories.
On Saturday, Trump mocked Warren for the story about her native heritage based on what she heard from her Oklahoma relatives. He has pointed out that Warren does not claim membership in a tribe.
'Can you imagine covering Bernie or Pocahontas? How about that?' Trump asked the crowd.
Also on Sunday, the Massachusetts senator hit back at the president for his latest 'racial slur' by bringing up sexual violence committed against Native American women.
In an interview with CNN's 'State of the Union', Warren addressed Trump's attack.
During a CNN interview, Warren was asked to respond to another one of Trump's 'Pocahontas' attacks
She said she wanted to use the attack as a chance to try and lift up individuals who have also told their stories.
'I'm going to do that right now, by pointing out that more than half of all native women in this country have been the victims of sexual violence,' Warren said, pivoting to the issue after restating what she has said previously about her family history.
'And more than half of them are attacked by non-natives. And the American government is doing nothing about this. This is an issue that's happening right here in America,' she continued.
She slammed the United States government, suggesting it does nothing about the issue.
'That is just fundamentally wrong. This is a group that is being injured every single day. We need to bring some attention to it and we need to put some resources on it. And we need to make a change,' Warren went on.
'Native women are subjected to sexual violence at rates much higher than any other group in our country. We need to put some focus on this and we need to make some changes on this.'
Warren also confirmed to CNN's Jim Acosta she would not be running for president in 2020.