Donald Trump’s rally Wednesday in Bangor, Maine got off to an arguably offensive start, as Boston talk radio host Howie Carr took the stage and summoned some of the lower points of the 2012 Senate race in Massachusetts.
“I heard that Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren [were] campaigning,” Carr said to boos from the audience, waving his hands and giving two thumbs down.
“You know Elizabeth Warren, right?” the conservative radio host said, proceeding to put his hand to his mouth and imitate a “war whoop,” in reference to the Massachusetts senator’s claims of Native American heritage.
Carr—who introduced fellow Trump supporter, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who in turn introduced Trump—went on to note that Warren had recently begun campaigning with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Warren, one of Democrats’ most forceful Trump critics, is reportedly among a small number of people being vetted to be Clinton’s vice president.
“I do just love to see how she gets under Donald Trump’s thin skin,” Clinton said during a rally in Cincinnati.
Trump responded by calling NBC News to revive his nickname for Warren—”Pocahontas”—which critics and Native American groups have called offensive. The presumptive GOP nominee also said Warren was “very racist” for supposedly making up her heritage. The Massachusetts senator has referred to family lore when asked about her claims of Native American ancestry.
For Carr—who frequently writes anti-Warren articles and sells “Fauxcahontas” T-shirts on his website—Wednesday’s whoops harken back to the 2012 campaign between Warren and then-Sen. Scott Brown.
During the fall of the 2012 cycle, a group of Scott Brown supporters, including at least two staffers, were captured making war whoops and tomahawk chops outside a rally in Dorchester.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond Wednesday to inquires as to whether the candidate likewise condemned such actions.