Just one day after Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren released DNA results proving that she had Native American ancestors 8 to 10 generations ago, leaked test results and a copy of her family tree showed that she was also 36th cousins with New World Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, whose voyages across the Atlantic in the late 1400s and early 1500s sparked the eventual European colonization of the Americas.
This one’s gonna be tough to explain to voters.
“While I clearly have close biological ties to the Cherokee Nation, it is absurd to say that I am related to Columbus,” said Warren, donning a feathered headdress and brandishing a tomahawk. “I think 11 generations is where they generally draw the line on whether you’re related to someone.”
Tracing her family tree back to Columbus’s great aunt’s third cousin once removed in the early 1400s, genealogists were able confirm the relationship.
“It’s miraculous that this family tree has been recorded unbroken for centuries, and even more miraculous that people think being distantly related to someone hundreds of years ago means anything at all in how you should be perceived today,” said Dr. Mark Buering. “Unfortunately, our ancestors are who they are, regardless of how politically expedient that is.”