Congress Chaffetz

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Alpine, waves after addressing the Utah GOP Convention on May 20 in Sandy.

Former representative Jason Chaffetz has come under fire after posting a picture of himself standing next to a Native American statue and comparing it to Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

The tweet reads, "At Disneyland today with Senator Elizabeth Warren."

Warren recently released results from a DNA test that showed she was descended from Native American ancestry, though it was a very small percentage of her genetic makeup. She used this to defend her repeated claim that she had Native American ancestors.

President Trump frequently used this to make Warren the target of his ire, calling Warren "Pocahontas."

Earlier in the week, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said DNA tests are useless to determine tribal citizenship and don’t distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Reactions to Chaffetz's tweet came from both sides of the aisle, with some laughing with him, yet many more calling Chaffetz a "racist" and "bigot."

Warren has not responded to the tweet on social media.

Chaffetz was a congressman representing Utah's 3rd Congressional District from January 2009 until his abrupt resignation in June 2017 shortly after having campaigned for re-election. The subsequent special election to fill Chaffetz's vacated seat six months into the term cost Utah taxpayers $1.5 million.

Since his departure from Congress, Chaffetz has repeatedly appeared on Fox News.

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