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Pres­i­dent Trump’s name-call­ing of Sen­a­tor Eliz­a­beth War­ren as “Poc­a­hon­tas,” and deny­ing her claims of Na­tive Amer­i­can her­itage, prompted War­ren to re­lease re­sults of a DNA test that pro­vides proof of her ances­try. “There is strong ev­i­dence that Ms. War­ren has Na­tive Amer­i­can pedi­gree, 6-10 gen­er­a­tions ago. The er­ror rate is less than one-in-a-thou­sand.” (Dr. Car­los Bus­ta­mante, a renowned ge­neti­cist)

Sen­a­tor War­ren (just re-elected) also re­leased a video of Trump’s prom­ise: ‘I will give you a mil­lion dol­lars to your fa­vorite char­ity, if you take the (DNA) test and it shows you’re an In­dian.” Trump mocked the DNA re­sults and called her (video) state­ments “a scam and a lie.”

“Who cares, who cares?” “I didn’t say that,” ex­claimed Trump. Later, Trump stated he would keep his $1 mil­lion pledge, only “if I can test her per­son­ally … That will not be some­thing that I en­joy do­ing.”

The his­tor­i­cal fact is that Poc­a­hon­tas was a Powhatan In­dian chief’s daugh­ter, learned English, mar­ried John Rolfe (a leader of the Vir­ginia set­tle­ment) in 1607, sailed to Eng­land, gave birth to a baby boy (Thodemoc­racy mas Rolfe), and died just as the ship was about to re­turn to Vir­ginia. She was 20 years old. John Rolfe, and son (Thomas Rolfe), even­tu­ally set­tled in Vir­ginia. Poc­a­hon­tas’s fam­ily line ex­tends to Mary Anna Ran­dolph Custis (Robert E. Lee’s wife), Edith Wil­son (Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son’s wife), and to Jeanne Sha­heen, Sen­a­tor (D-NH). It’s fair to con­clude that Trump re­neged on his prom­ise.

– Carl Evensen, State Col­lege, PA

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