[Ed. – If they pull the same kind of stunt that Warren did, then they will definitely feel pressure to prove their claim.]
Conservative commentators dismissed the reveal [of Warren’s DNA] as lackluster at best. On the left, some bemused approval was quickly overshadowed by debates about the unique issues of identity faced by Native Americans, many of whom expressed serious concern about the entire situation. (Of course, Warren isn’t applying for tribal membership: She is trying to verify a family story and put an end to a murky and difficult situation that some see as at odds with her reputation for moral clarity.) But her decision may end up having a wider and very negative long-term impact beyond the very valid concerns of Native Americans. Just as Trump’s harangues were enough to force a sitting president to reveal his own birth certificate, they have now led a potential presidential candidate to reveal her DNA, or at least elements of it. She has granted a political opponent the power to demand something no politician has ever successfully demanded before.