Sen. Scott Brown reprimanded his staff for using stereotypical Native American “war whoops” and tomahawk chops to mock rival Elizabeth Warren, saying that is their “one and only warning” that such behavior won’t be tolerated.
“Senator Brown has spoken to his entire staff – including the individuals involved in this unacceptable behavior – and issued them their one and only warning that this type of conduct will not be tolerated,” Brown spokeswoman Alleigh Marre said in a statement. “As we enter the final stretch of this campaign, emotions are running high, and while Senator Brown can’t control everyone, he is encouraging both sides to act with respect. He regrets that members of his staff did not live up to the high standards that the people of Massachusetts expect and deserve.”
Earlier Wednesday, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Bakerissued a statementcalling the staffers’ behavior “downright racist” and asking the Massachusetts Republican for an apology. Baker was a delegate to this year’s Democratic National Convention.
Brown aides, including two of his congressional staffers, were caught on tape making the motions and whoops during a rally for Brown’s reelection last weekend. They were mocking Warren, who has battled allegations she used a false claim of Native American heritage to advance her academic career. Warren leads Brown in most recent polls.