Months after she challenged President Donald Trump with a private DNA test intended to prove her claims of Native American heritage, Senator Liz Warren (D-Mass.) admitted that she is not a "person of color."
The admission came as she was speaking at Morgan State, a historically black college in Baltimore, Maryland.
"As a country, we need to stop pretending that the same doors open for everyone, because they don't," she told the audience, as quoted in the Washington Post.
"I'm not a person of color," she added. "And I haven't lived your life or experienced anything like the subtle prejudice, or more overt harm, that you may have experienced just because of the color of your skin."
The admission comes after months of criticism after she attempted to put to rest criticism about her heritage claims, only to inspire a much worse backlash. Among the most brutal of responses was a statement from the Cherokee Nation calling her test "worthless" and her claims damaging to Native Americans.
Trump responded to the statement from the Cherokee Nation on Twitter.
"Thank you to the Cherokee Nation for revealing that Elizabeth Warren," he wrote, "sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, is a complete and total Fraud!"
In a recent poll gauging popular support for various possible Democratic candidates for the 2020 nomination, support for Warren collapsed from 8 percent support in October to less than half that, 3 percent, in December.
The DNA test has done so much political damage to Warren that even her allies and friends wondered what she was thinking when they planned the much maligned stunt.
The New York Times summed up much of the negative political fallout from the DNA stunt in a recent report:
Conservatives have continued to ridicule her. More worrisome to supporters of Ms. Warren's presidential ambitions, she has yet to allay criticism from grass-roots progressive groups, liberal political operatives and other potential 2020 allies who complain that she put too much emphasis on the controversial field of racial science — and, in doing so, played into Mr. Trump's hands.
Warren has said that she is still considering running for president in 2020.
Here's a report from CNN on Liz Warren's DNA test backfiring: