Politics

Scott Brown says Warren should take DNA test over heritage

Scott Brown talks with members of the news media on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Scott Brown talks with members of the news media on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

A Donald Trump ally is suggesting that Elizabeth Warren take a DNA test to clear up controversy over her heritage.

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who lost his Senate race to Warren in 2012, on Monday attacked Warren’s past claim of having Native American heritage. He made the comment during a Monday afternoon conference call hosted by the Republican National Committee, responding to Warren’s appearance with Democrat Hillary Clinton earlier in the day.

Republicans claim that Warren fabricated her ethnic background to gain an employment advantage. Warren denies that. She says she heard about her heritage from family stories.

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Trump regularly mocks Warren as, ‘‘Pocahontas.’’

Brown, a vocal Trump supporter, said Clinton ‘‘is considering making someone vice president who has very serious character flaws when it comes to honesty and credibility’’ in dealing with her heritage.