Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) suggested Monday that his onetime opponent Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) get a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage.
CNN reported that during a call for the Trump campaign, Brown, a Trump surrogate, told reporters that if Warren wanted to silence those questioning her heritage then she should show proof of her roots.
“The easy answer, as you all know, is that Harvard and Penn can release those records, she can authorize the release of those records, she can take a DNA test, she can release the records herself,” Brown said, according to CNN. “There’s never been any effort.”
The former Massachusetts senator’s comments come on the same day that Warren stepped out at a campaign stop in Cincinnati with Hillary Clinton and amid rumblings that she’ll be Clinton’s VP pick.
Brown also went so far as to say that Warren is definitively not Native American.
“She’s not Native American, she’s not 1/32nd, she has no Native American background, except for what her family told her,” Brown said, according to CNN.
Brown has questioned Warren’s Native American roots before. Brown made similar comments in 2012, when Warren was campaigning for his Senate seat. In her book, Warren said Brown’s attacks “hurt” and angered her, according to Politico.
Trump, who’s taken the reins from Brown and repeatedly referred to Warren as “Pocahontas,” is no stranger to questioning peoples’ heritage. He famously led the “birther” movement against President Barack Obama ahead of the 2012 election, demanding the release of his birth certificate. This election cycle, Trump has said a federal judge presiding over cases against his now-defunct Trump University was biased against him because of the judge’s “Mexican” heritage.