Charlamagne tha God compares Warren to Rachel Dolezal over Native American ancestry claims

Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument MORE (D-Mass.) faced tough questions from Charlamagne tha God over past claims to Native American ancestry in a radio interview this week, getting compared to Rachel Dolezal, a former NAACP leader who lied about being black. 

When asked by Charlamagne why she said on old documents that she had Native American ancestry, Warren responded, "It's what I believed. Like I said, it's what I learned from my family," according to a video clip posted to Twitter on Friday.  

"I learned about my family the same way most people learn about their family, from my mama and my daddy and my aunts and my uncles," Warren said.


Charlamagne then asked Warren when she found out she was not actually Native, and the 2020 hopeful did not directly answer.

"I'm not a person of color. I'm not a citizen of a tribe, and tribal citizenship is an important distinction and not something I am," she said. 

Warren said she had not received any benefits from the claim, pointing to a Boston Globe report from September that found that her statements did not influence her career.

"You're kind of like the original Rachel Dolezal a little bit," Charlamagne pushed back. 

"This is what I learned from my family," the senator replied. 

Warren in October said that a DNA test that showed "strong evidence" that she has Native American ancestry, prompting strong pushback. She has since apologized to the Cherokee Nation for doing so. 

She is among two dozen people vying for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination. Her campaign has seen a bump in the polls in recent weeks as she has rolled out a series of detailed progressive policy proposals. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE frequently refers to Warren as "Pocahontas," a nickname inspired by her past claims.