Video shows Sen. Brown backers yelling war whoops
BOSTON -- Supporters of Sen. Scott Brown and the Massachusetts Republican Party are seen shouting war whoops and performing tomahawk chops in a video that was filmed at a rally on Saturday.
The video was shot and provided to 7News by Blue Mass Group, a group of Massachusetts democrats. The video was taken as Brown supporters invaded a group of Warren supporters and began mocking Warren with war whoops and tomahawk chops.
The actions are an apparent reference to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage.
“I was appalled,” said Warren.
Warren expressed outrage at the actions caught on tape.
“It this had happened on my staff there would be consequences -- there would be serious consequences,” said Warren.
A Massachusetts Republican party spokesman told the Associated Press one of its field coordinators, Brad Garnett, is seen leading whoops and making tomahawk gestures. State Democratic officials identified another individual making tomahawk motions as Jack Richard, a member of Brown's Senate staff. Brown's campaign wouldn't say if any campaign staffers were involved.
Brown said he doesn’t support the taunts, but in taped comments provided to 7News Brown tried to turn the attack back on Warren.
“Certainly it’s not something I condone. Certainly I’m aware, I’ll tell that member to never do it again, but the real issue here is, the real offense, is that Professor Warren checked the box. She said she was white, then she checked the box saying she was Native American. That’s quite offensive to Native Americans,” said Brown.
Brown repeated his call for Warren to release employment records related to her claims. Warren did not respond.
Brown did not comment on if the people in the video were on his staff.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.