Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Whooping It Up

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) likes to say he’s the most bipartisan senator, which is a little like saying you’re the best swimmer on the Titanic, but his campaign is turning nasty and racist.

Some staffers for Sen. Scott Brown chanted Indian “war whoops” and made “tomahawk chops” during a rally for the Republican senator this week in Boston.  In a video posted on YouTube that was shot by a state Democratic Party staffer, members of Brown’s staff are seen holding campaign signs near the Erie Pub. The main person in the video has been identified as Brad Garnett, a field coordinator for the Massachusetts GOP. He is seen making tomahawk chopping motions and making whooping sounds, presumably in reference to Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Cherokee heritage. Jack Richard, Brown’s Constituent Service Counsel is also seen making tomahawk chop motions.Jerry McDermott, Brown’s State Director and Jennifer Franks, Special Assistant to Senator Scott Brown were also shown in the video at the rally, NewsCenter 5’s Janet Wu confirmed.

Mr. Brown was shocked and saddened by this behavior on the part of his staff, but he couldn’t help adding to it by saying that it wouldn’t have happened if Ms. Warren wasn’t trying to pass herself off as an Injun.

Charles Pierce notes:

There’s only one reason to pound the issue about Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry and that is to race-bait, to gin up the lizard-brained anger at “quotas” and “affirmative action.” Brown already tippy-toed down that line last week in the debate, when he explained that he can tell an Injun jes’ by lookin’ at one. You talk about her like she gamed the system and you’re not merely casting aspersions on her career, but you’re giving a nudge-nudge, wink-wink to all the usual suspects out there who know somebody who knew somebody who was related to somebody who knew somebody who didn’t get the job they should have had. This is also what they do. This is also what they’ve always done. This is also why you hired people because this is what they do.

Somewhere in Hell, Jesse Helms is smiling.

6 barks and woofs on “Whooping It Up

  1. So is Richard Nixon. I didn’t know you could get away with this in “liberal” Massachusetts, but remembering the turmoil that accompanied the Brown v. Board ruling in Southie maybe Brown is on to something.

  2. So he’s saying Ms. Warren does not have Native American blood, right? So isn’t he aware that many people in this country have Native American blood? Why can’t she? He is just being a complete racist jerk. Shame on him.

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