Donald Trump once offered to donate $1 million if Elizabeth Warren took a DNA test. Now, she wants him to pay up.

The president now denies that he ever made the pledge.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn of the White House on Monday.

It wouldn’t be the first time Donald Trump failed to deliver on a promise to donate to charity.

But that isn’t stopping Sen. Elizabeth Warren from calling out the president over his previous pledge to donate $1 million if she took a DNA test and it proved her Native American ancestry. Trump denied Monday that he ever made the pledge, and now he’s the subject of Warren’s mockery.

“Having some memory problems, @realDonaldTrump? Should we call for a doctor?” she tweeted Monday morning.

Here’s how we got here.


During a rally this past July, Trump revived his personal taunts of the Massachusetts senator’s heritage claims, pledging — “I promise you I’ll do this” — that he would challenge Warren — who appears to be preparing for a 2020 presidential bid — to take a DNA test to back up her claims if they faced each other in a debate.

“We will say, ‘I will give you a million dollars for your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,'” he told a crowd in Montana.

Trump and other Republicans have mocked Warren for listing Native American as one of her ethnicities during her career as a law professor, though there’s no available evidence that her background played a factor in her professional rise.


Well, now it’s Warren calling for Trump to back up his words.

As The Boston Globe reported Monday, the Bay State Democrat released the results of a DNA test providing “strong evidence” that she had a Native American ancestor dating back six to 10 generations. In other words, the test shows she is likely between 1/64th and 1/1024th American Indian. The new findings fit the family lore cited by Warren, an Oklahoma native, that her great-great-great-grandmother was at least partially Native American.

Along with the test results Monday, the senator’s re-election campaign released a video featuring members of Warren’s family talking about their history and reacting to Trump’s taunts. She also took to Twitter to call on Trump to pony up on that $1 million promise, suggesting he make his donation to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.


“Trump can say whatever he wants about me, but mocking Native Americans or any group in order to try to get at me? That’s not what America stands for,” Warren said in the video released by her campaign.

Following the release of Warren’s DNA test, Trump denied ever making his $1 million donation pledge.

“Who cares,” Trump repeatedly said, when asked for his reaction to the test results Monday.

“I didn’t say that,” he said. “You better read it again.”

Warren pounced on Trump’s evasion, splicing together footage of his comments Monday with his remarks at the rally in July.


Here’s Trump’s full quote from July:

“Let’s say I’m debating Pocahontas, right?” he said. “I promise you I’ll do this, you know those little kits they sell on television for $2? ‘Learn your heritage.’ … I’m going to get one of those little kits, and, in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims she’s of Indian heritage — because her mother said she has high cheekbones, that’s her only evidence, that her mother said she had high cheekbones — we will take that little kit, and say — but we have to do it gently, because we’re in the #MeToo generation, so we have to be very gentle — and we will very gently take that kit and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm, even though it only weighs probably 2 ounces, and we will say, ‘I will give you a million dollars for your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.’”

The latest sparring between Trump and Warren could provide a preview of things to come. Of all the high-profile Democrats said to be considering a run for president in 2020, the Massachusetts senator appears to be the most active sowing the seeds of a campaign, reaching out to candidates across the country and deploying staffers to early-voting primary states. The move to release the results of a DNA test Monday seemed like another step in that process.

For his part, Trump reiterated his hopes that Warren runs against him in 2020.

“I hope she is running for president, because I think she would be very easy,” he said. “I hope she is running. I do not think she’d be difficult at all. She’ll destroy the country. She’ll make our country into Venezuela. With that being said, I don’t want to say bad things about her, because I hope she would be one of the people that would get through the process.”