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Scott Brown Staffers Mock Elizabeth Warren with Native American War Whoops, Tomahawk Chops: VIDEO


As you may know, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown amped up rhetoric accusing Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren of using her Native American heritage to her professional advantage, using the claims in advertising and as his opener in his debate against Warren.

Rachel Maddow took on Brown's claims in an excellent segment last night.

Now, a video has surfaced showing Brown staffers making Native American 'war whoops' and tomahawk chops in a face-off with Warren supporters, presumably to mock Warren's Cherokee heritage.

Here you can see Brown's staffers making "war whoops" and "tomahawk chops", presumably in reference to Warren's Cherokee heritage. Identified in video making the chop are Brown's Constituent Service Counsel Jack Richard (camoflage shirt) and -- we believe -- Massachusetts GOP operative Brad Garrett, front and center with tan baseball cap and gray hoodie, leading the whoops and chops.

Brown responds to the video by doubling down on his racial attacks:

"It is certainly something that I don't condone," said Brown when asked about the video. "The real offense is that (Warren) said she was white and then checked the box saying she is Native American, and then she changed her profile in the law directory once she made her tenure."

Watch all the clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

And Mediaite has a suggestion:

To the extent that it matters, the racism behind the Brown/Romney attacks is likely unintentional, springing from the fact that questions of race are completely beyond their experience, but if you doubt that racism, then all you have to do is inject that question into their experience. Neither Mitt Romney nor Scott Brown has ever had to prove they’re white. Maybe it’s time they produced some evidence that they’re not just “passing.” Would that national media sit silently if a U.S. Senator or presidential candidate asked either of these men to prove they’re not black, or Mexican, or even Native American? Maybe it’s time someone did ask. Papers, please.


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  1. well the GOP, as always, runs on a platform of "we're the real americans, cuz we're white and pretend we care about Jeebus!"

    this is not new. it's dirty business as usual.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 25, 2012 12:19:35 PM

  2. Massachusetts, we begrudgingly forgave you for Scott Brown because Martha Coakley was such a horrendous candidate. But if you re-elect him over the progressive hero Elizabeth Warren, we are dumping you over text message.

    Posted by: Scott | Sep 25, 2012 12:22:50 PM

  3. Oh don't play the faux-naif, Rachel, any reasonable person can see that Elizabeth Warren does not in any way resemble (either ethnically (blue eyes?!) nor demographically a Native American. His accusation that she used perhaps some distant roots in order to gain advantage on university admissions is probably valid. Affirmative action is meant to address past discrimination but as a white woman Elizabeth in no way herself suffered such discrimination and perhaps that sort of action makes a mockery of affirmative action.
    Now...using it as a cheap tactic in a campagin as a way to discredit her character? LOW and uncalled for - it really lowers him in my estimation.

    Posted by: Scott | Sep 25, 2012 12:55:57 PM

  4. "His accusation that she used perhaps some distant roots in order to gain advantage on university admissions is probably valid."

    This statement is completely irresponsible. Here's the truth:

    Warren, who graduated from the University of Houston in 1970 and got her law degree from Rutgers University in 1976, did not seek to take advantage of affirmative action policies during her education, according documents obtained by the Associated Press and The Boston Globe. On the application to Rutgers Law School she was asked, "Are you interested in applying for admission under the Program for Minority Group Students?'' "No," she replied.

    While a teacher at the University of Texas, she listed herself as "white." But between 1986 and 1995, she listed herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools Directory of Faculty; the University of Pennsylvania in a 2005 "minority equity report" also listed her as one of the minority professors who had taught at its law school.

    The head of the committee that brought Warren to Harvard Law School said talk of Native American ties was not a factor in recruiting her to the prestigious institution. Reported the Boston Herald in April in its first story on Warren's ancestry claim: "Harvard Law professor Charles Fried, a former U.S. Solicitor General who served under Ronald Reagan, sat on the appointing committee that recommended Warren for hire in 1995. He said he didn't recall her Native American heritage ever coming up during the hiring process.

    "'It simply played no role in the appointments process. It was not mentioned and I didn't mention it to the faculty,' he said."


    Get the facts, Scott. Casual speculation and accusation don't serve anyone.

    Posted by: Derek Schmidt | Sep 25, 2012 1:16:36 PM

  5. Hey Scott: Elizabeth Warren never used her heritage on any of her applications. None. There was no affirmative action at play here. What part of that don't you understand?

    Also, it's not impossible for someone to have a mixture of European and Native American heritage and yet still have blue eyes and blond hair. Did you ever take a basic biology course that explained how genes are expressed? I mean, as a Republican Senator, I understand that Scott Brown has to eschew science, but it is not necessary for the rest of us to do that too.

    Posted by: RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) | Sep 25, 2012 1:18:22 PM

  6. If it is her heritage wouldn't that make her a lot more American than Brown who is obviously of European stock?
    In any case, why does he want to go that route? Isn't it similar than claiming President Obama is a Muslim or born in Kenya?
    Republicans ought to stop this kind of nonsensical attacks...talk about the issues like why does Brown vote consistently with the Republicans when it is against the wishes of his constituents.

    Posted by: raulito | Sep 25, 2012 1:29:54 PM

  7. Just yet another reason why I changed parties from the GOP without 'sticker shock'.

    Posted by: RichB in PS | Sep 25, 2012 1:32:55 PM

  8. "... of using her [fake] Native American heritage to her professional advantage... "

    Posted by: nico | Sep 25, 2012 1:39:25 PM

  9. Nico, do you know something the rest of us don't know? You must have some proof that Elizabeth Warren's lineage includes no Native Americans. Please share with us!

    Posted by: RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) | Sep 25, 2012 1:48:21 PM

  10. If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Elizabeth Warren is not even 5% Indian if she is at all. There are a lot of people who claim to be Indian yet are not. So it's ridiculous for her to claim being Indian. Just because you have big cheek bones doesn't make you an Indian.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Sep 25, 2012 1:53:07 PM

  11. Wow, a lot of people on this board have access to Elizabeth Warren's genetic information. On top of that, they think acting like a racist lunatic is an appropriate way to campaign against a political opponent. It's a real treasure trove of brilliant thoughts on this comment thread.

    Posted by: RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) | Sep 25, 2012 1:57:59 PM

  12. Billy & Nico:

    Does President Obama's Irish ancestry show in his appearance?

    The excerpts from the debate show that Scott Brown came across as dope for bringing up the issue out of no where. Then, he went on to try distance himself from everything Republican.

    He certainly should call Warren "professor" because he comes across as an empty-headed freshman compared to her.

    As for the "war whoops and tomahawks"? Archie Bunker is alive and well in Massachusetts. They're an embarrassment to drunks everywhere.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 25, 2012 2:14:40 PM

  13. Big Chieftess Have-um High Cheekbones
    She's a liberal idiot. I love the fact that she channels loud and clear she wants your paycheck. No BSing this one. She'll lose like Coakley.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Sep 25, 2012 2:23:54 PM

  14. Who are these conservative people, like Markus, who read this blog? Do they think they're providing some service to anyone, but providing the anti-intellectual counterpoint? It perplexes me that people with socially regressive views would bother to read these posts, let alone comment.

    Posted by: mike8787 | Sep 25, 2012 2:42:16 PM

  15. Though I look like the typical American with a Scots/Irish background, when I was growing up I was always told that my great-grandmother on my father's side was Cherokee. Like Elizabeth Warren I never bothered to question it. Years later someone did a family history and it revealed that she was a mix of white, Native American, and black. Her complexion (based on black & white photos) was dark-ish, but not to the degree you'd say, "Oh, she's obviously black" and her hair was straight. She probably would have passed the "Paper Bag Test."

    Obviously somewhere along the line it was decided that it was "better" to say she was Cherokee and leave out the black part. In fact some of my more redneck relatives were appalled by the fact she was part-black, idiots that they are. So I can sympathize with Warren for believing the stories she grew up with, never questioning them.

    During the Civil War era charities that collected money for "slave children" often used the lightest skinned children they could find because they were felt to be more sympathetic than dark skinned children. Look at these photos of slave children and tell me what race they are.

    They were considered "black enough" to be slaves because at least one of there parents was a slave. Race and genealogy is far more complicated than it seems, and things aren't always as they appear.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 25, 2012 2:49:33 PM

  16. Oh c'mon. That was kinda funny. And Pocahontas has it coming to her.

    As for her alleged Native American status not being a factor in her hiring, I'd say it was more like icing on the cake. Her being female was definitely a factor. Harvard got a two-fer, or thought they did. And I'm not even saying she's not intelligent and capable, just saying.

    Posted by: White Lady Speak With Fork Tongue | Sep 25, 2012 2:54:47 PM

  17. Scott Brown's official campaign song:

    Half-breed, that's all I ever heard
    Half-breed, how I learned to hate the word
    Half-breed, she's no good they warned
    Both sides were against me since the day I was born

    We never settled, went from town to town
    When you're not welcome you don't hang around
    The other children always laughed at me "Give her a feather, she's a Cherokee"

    Posted by: Gry | Sep 25, 2012 3:07:38 PM

  18. thank you to all the cowardly closeted racist commenters for proving us liberals right.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 25, 2012 3:12:38 PM

  19. Scott Brown sounds just like a cheap low class peddler of what ever he perceives will give him an advantage with his audience.
    he will say anything to advance himself.....remind you of anyone ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 25, 2012 3:42:31 PM

  20. This blog desperately needs a non-anonymous comment system. The comments on this article are beyond offensive.

    Posted by: RandySf | Sep 25, 2012 4:59:45 PM

  21. At least one of the commenters is ignorant. I know people who are 1/8 Native American who look white, with blond hair and light skin and European facial features.

    Posted by: Fester | Sep 25, 2012 5:02:56 PM

  22. I don't know why Scott Brown is not getting more heat for this. It is reprehensible he is playing this card to assert he is the better candidate. Also using the Professorial add on to get his base riled up is obviously working. I'm am maddened though at the assertion that Warren is "too white" to have a past heritage of cherokee. As a Mixed child of white & mexican parents I just can't help but think these republicans clocks are running out of time. I let people jokingly say "you're too white to be mexican," but it shouldn't be challenged beyond that. Did Scott Brown grow up with Warren? NO. He shouldn't be challenging this. At the end of the day he has nothing else to run on, being another DO NOTHING republican.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Sep 25, 2012 6:18:53 PM

  23. I totally agree that this blog needs a non-anonymous comment section. The racism is rampant today. GOProud is out in full force tonight hiding behind the safety of their keyboards. Sickening!

    Posted by: Nick Name | Sep 25, 2012 8:29:26 PM

  24. Rather than coming up with valid intelligent arguments to make a point the neocon trolls on this site resort to their usual bitchy tactic of racist, sexist, self loathing homophobic mockery.

    Posted by: Nick Name | Sep 25, 2012 8:55:18 PM

  25. Elizabeth Warren's ancestry is what it is, and I have no reason to believe that she has misstated it. It's not that big a step from requiring her to deny it to requiring us to deny our sexual orientations.

    Posted by: Rich | Sep 27, 2012 5:08:27 AM

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