Warren fell for ‘Trump trap’ with DNA test, says progressive

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend MORE (D-Mass.) fell for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE's "trap" when she publicly released her DNA test in an effort to put to rest a years-long debate over her claims of Native American ancestry, according to progressive Anisha Singh.

The senior organizing director for Generation Progress told Hill.TV on Friday that she was “disappointed” by Warren’s decision to release her DNA test, saying the move backfired.

“It was very disappointing, just like everyone else has said, and the fact that she has again not owned it, I think she fell for the Trump trap, where he was inciting and kind of probing her and she took the bait,” Singh said during a panel discussion on Hill.TV's “Rising.”

“Now she has to think about whether or not that’s going to hurt her chances” in 2020, Singh added.

Warren in October released results of a DNA test to show there was “strong evidence” that she had a distant Native American ancestor. The move drew criticism from both sides of the aisle, with the Cherokee Nation calling Warren's DNA test “inappropriate and wrong.”

Following the DNA controversy, some have cast doubt on Warren's potential presidential ambitions.

The Boston Globe’s editorial board on Thursday said Warren would be a “divisive figure” at a time when Democrats need to present a united front against Trump.

Singh said she isn't certain what Warren will decide regarding a possible White House bid.

She said Warren, along with other Democratic hopefuls like Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend MORE (Calif.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette Biden2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Kamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report MORE, will likely make an official announcement in early 2019.

– Tess Bonn