Howie. Howie, no.
Boston radio talk show staple and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr spoke at a Donald Trump rally in Bangor, Maine, Wednesday, and, not unlike the afternoon’s main event, seemingly couldn’t stop himself from saying something offensive about the senior senator from Massachusetts.
“You all know Elizabeth Warren, don’t you?” Carr asks the crowd. Then, the WRKO broadcaster puts his hand to his mouth and made a stereotypical, mocking American Indian war cry.
As many readers may know, Trump’s flair for nicknames lead him to dub Warren “Pocahontas,” a jab at her self-proclaimed Native American heritage that became an issue during the Bay State’s special Senate election in 2012 . Carr, too, is openly skeptical of the senator’s claimed cultural background, both on his show and Boston Herald column.
Warren claims Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage, citing family stories, but never provided any documentation confirming this genealogy.
“Being Native American has been a part of my story, I guess since the day I was born,” Warren reportedly said at the time. “I don’t know any other way to describe it.”
Carr later called into his show Wednesday – featuring a guest host while Carr was in Maine – to give his take on the incident.
“This is nothing new here,” he said. “I mean, how many times have I done the Indian war whoop on my own show? How many times have I challenged her in the pages of the Boston Herald?”
“We just want her to get a DNA test,” he said. “We want to find out if she is culturally appropriating the heritage ... of other people.”
California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez also famously apologized after engaging in similar behavior during a 2015 public appearance.