When then-Senator Barack Obama was running for presidency, Dick Cheney's wife revealed that Barack and her husband were actually 8th cousins. (To which an official Obama spokesman replied: "Every family has a black sheep.")
But this year, the juiciest news on the election trail is evidence proving another bizarre relation - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are secretly brother and sister!
Just kidding. I just wanted to gross you guys out.
It's more like this:
Turns out that Donald and Hillary are actually 19th cousins, all thanks to the first Duke and Duchess of Lancaster - their 18th great-grandparents.
According to Geni.com, a genealogy website:
"John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, married Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster, and John and Katherine are Donald and Hillary’s shared 18th great grandparents."
Still stumped? Allow me to elaborate:
Basically, this guy (John of Gaunt) married that lady (Katherine Swynford, seen here with the Renaissance equivalent of Photoshop) way back in 1396 and had a bunch of kid together, who then went on to have even more kids.
Now nearly 620 years later, we're here, and their great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren are seeking out the United States presidential bid.
A.J. Jacobs, an author and journalist that focuses mainly on human genealogy, went on Extra earlier this week, having this to say about the strange discovery:
"Their 19th great grandfather is King Edward III so there is precedent for ruling a country; it’s in their genes."
First, this makes me even more curious as to who will get the furthest in this election - or even further, who might actually win.
Secondly, it makes this tweet even more awkward:
Now now, Don. That's no way to treat a cousin.