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

Democratic strategist Don Calloway slammed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Warren spends big on staff in high-stakes 2020 gamble On The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost 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 TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction 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