At a rally on Wednesday in Bangor, Maine, the right-wing radio personality Howie Carr took the microphone before a screaming crowd to introduce Donald Trump. In his meandering speech, he called out Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has recently joined forces with Hillary Clinton and given several speeches excoriating Trump. To the delight of the crowd, Carr did an Indian war whoop into the microphone, mocking Warren’s claim of 1/32 Native American heritage.
Carr is simultaneously implying Native Americans are war whooping savages and trying to gin up an old controversy surrounding Warren’s racial background.
In 2012, when she was running for Senate, her Republican opponent Scott Brown accused her of lying about having Native American ancestry when applying for jobs at elite universities. The attack did not work and she went on to beat him by 8 points. Brown, now out of office, has tried to keep the controversy alive for years. He just recently demanded Warren submit to a DNA test, even though such a test would not prove whether her family had connection to the Cherokee Nation.
Trump has a long history of offending Native Americans in general, but has made a special effort this election season to repeatedly slur Elizabeth Warren for identifying as part-indigenous, calling her “Pocahontas” and “the Indian.”