Trump Mocks Elizabeth Warren: 'I Have More Indian Blood Than Her and I Have None'

President Donald Trump once again mocked Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leading candidate for the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination, over her claims of Native American ancestry and suggested it would be a regular feature of his campaign rallies.

Trump was speaking at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, on Monday night as he gears up for the 2020 election. But he told his supporters that he did not want to enter full campaign mode "too early."

The president then brought up Warren, referring to her by the nickname "Pocahontas," which he has used several times previously and which Native American activists and leaders criticized as a racist and disrespectful slur.

Warren had claimed to have Native American ancestry based on a family story passed down to her. Her critics accused her of using this supposed Indian heritage to advance her career by defining herself as a minority, opening up opportunities, which Warren categorically denies.

Amid Trump's mocking of her for the claims, Warren took a DNA test, the results of which she released along with a video. The results showed "strong evidence" that she is somewhere between 1/64 and 1/1,024 Native American. She later apologized to Native Americans.

"I don't want to do this too early. I don't want to do it. You know, the Pocahontas thing, I did that, it was before its time. Right? It was before its time. Too early," Trump said at the Santa Ana Star Center.

"One thousand twenty-fourth. That means I have more Indian blood than she does and I have none. Unfortunately. I'd like to say I have a lot. That would get me another four percent. Maybe another 10 percent. But I was early with her and, frankly, oh it's coming back don't worry about it."

The Warren 2020 campaign did not respond immediately to Newsweek's request for comment.

Republican consultant Dan Hazelwood said recently that Trump will use the Pocahontas name to damage Warren in a way similar to how he attacked the losing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.

"If you give Trump a tool to equalize the playing field, which is what this does, he will do exactly what he did to Hillary Clinton," Hazelwood, who owns Targeted Creative Communications, told Politico in August.

Warren has "never given the answer to the core of the Trump charge, which is: She cheated. She cheated for personal gain. She hasn't answered that part of the attack," Hazelwood said.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll last week showed Warren with a seven point lead over Trump among registered voters at 51-44. But the Democratic candidate with the largest lead was former Vice President Joe Biden at 15 points, 55-40.

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US President Donald Trump claps during a campaign rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, on September 16, 2019. Trump mocked Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, calling her "Pocahontas" again. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
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