Rubio discovers Native American heritage through TV show

Rubio discovers Native American heritage through TV show
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Cuban negotiator says Trump's efforts to destabilize Cuba's government will fail Freedom to Compete Act would benefit many American workers 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) SandersCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Wage growth shaping up as key 2020 factor for Trump Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' MORE (I-Vt.) and former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAppeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers FEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday MORE (R-Wis.).