Dem strategist says Warren taking DNA test was 'tone deaf'

Democratic strategist Don Calloway slammed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrat: 'My DM's are open and I actually read & respond' Group of wealthy Americans write open letter asking to be taxed more Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday for taking a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage, calling the move "tone deaf" and an "unforced error."

"This is bad for Senator Warren, and it wasn't necessary. There's just no universe in which it's necessary," Calloway told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising."

"I think that the president really had taken the low ground over the last several years by calling her 'Pocahontas,' and people had decided that was a bad thing," he continued. "It's an unforced error the kind that which when you get to the place she's at, you don't need to make."

"It's tone deaf. I think that's the best thing you can say about it," he said. 

Warren on Monday released a DNA test to the Boston Globe, which showed she had a distant Native American ancestor. She provided the tests to an expert genealogist who said the results "strongly support" Warren had a Native American ancestor, likely six to 10 generations ago.

The Cherokee Nation criticized Warren for releasing the test, calling the move "inappropriate." 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE, who has mocked Warren on numerous occasions for saying she has Native American ancestry, praised the statement from the Cherokee Nation in a tweet and called Warren a fraud. 

The move comes as speculation continues to swirl around whether Warren will decide to launch a 2020 presidential bid. 

 — Julia Manchester