Rubio discovers Native American heritage through TV show

Rubio discovers Native American heritage through TV show
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio in Colombia to push for delivery of humanitarian aid to Venezuela On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Fla.) discovered a link to Native American ancestors through an appearance on "Finding Your Roots," according to the PBS show's host.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. said in a preview clip for the show, airing Wednesday evening, that an ancestor on Rubio's mother's side was "pure Native American."   

Gates also explained how the particular set of Native Americans Rubio is descended from migrated through the Yucatan Peninsula, a stretch of modern-day Mexico near Cuba, as early as 4,000 B.C.

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"Talk about ancestral roots in Cuba ... your family on your mother's side has been there a long, long time," Gates says in the video.

Rubio responds that he has visited ruins in the area, including Chichén Itzá, before remarking, "Who knew I was going back home?"

In his own tweet, Rubio hinted of more revelations on the episode, including a "famous distant relative." 

"My Native American heritage was an amazing discovery. But you forgot one of the most surprising discoveries,my famous distant relative! I will have to break the bad news to him myself," Rubio wrote.

"Finding Your Roots" has featured other high-profile Capitol Hill guests such as Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (I-Vt.) and former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Wis.).