Fox News contributor and former Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s Native American heritage in a tweet slammed as “racist.”
On Thursday, Chaffetz posted a photo of himself posing with a Native American statue at Disneyland, writing, “At Disneyland today with Senator Elizabeth Warren.”
Chaffetz was targeting Warren’s DNA test reveal earlier this week that found “the great majority of [Warren’s] identifiable ancestry is European” and “the analysis also identified 5 genetic segments as Native American in origin at high confidence.”
That you ever held a position representing the people of this country is embarrassing.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) October 18, 2018
Twitter users seized on Chaffetz’s tweet, calling him out for what they felt was not only not funny, but also highly inappropriate.
— Dan Gilmore (@danhgilmore) October 18, 2018
What a miserable bastard Jason Chaffetz is. https://t.co/JarBoF8dXj
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) October 18, 2018
At Universal Studios today with Jason Chaffetz pic.twitter.com/J7qXhUVNxl
— Zedward D Wood Junior (@Zeddary) October 18, 2018
I miss when I forgot Jason Chaffetz exists. https://t.co/bYDy2v80Ni
— Brittany G (@Fibby1123) October 18, 2018
So Racist! Call it what he is. Pathetic. Sad.
— S. Jones (@thejoneser175) October 18, 2018
Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, took the DNA test after President Trump challenged her during a Montana rally in July. “I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” he said. “I have a feeling she will say no but hold it for the debates.”
“My parents were real people, the love they shared, the struggles they endured, the family they built, the story they lived will always be on my heart. And no one, not even the president of the United States, will ever take it away from me,” Warren said in a video statement sharing the results. She also asked that Trump donate his promised reward to the nonprofit National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.
Warren’s heritage has been controversial since her 2012 Senate run when opponent Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., accused her of using her background as career leverage, according to CNN. “Professor Warren claimed that she was a Native American, a person of color. And as you can see, she’s not,” said Brown.
Warren responded, “As a kid, I never asked my mom for documentation when she talked about our Native American heritage. What kid would? But I knew my father’s family didn’t like that she was part Cherokee and part Delaware, so my parents had to elope.”
In 2012, Warren also admitted to listing herself as Native American in Harvard Law School’s directory where she taught during the 1990s, reported CNN.
Since running for president, Trump has mocked Warren by calling her “Pocahontas.”
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