Head of Cherokee Nation calls on Scott Brown to apologize for campaign’s racist chants

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The Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Bill John Baker, called on Sen. Scott Brown to apologize after video surfaced of Brown campaign staffers at a rally mocking his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren with “war whoops” and tomahawk chops.

“I call upon Sen. Brown to apologize for the offensive actions of his staff and their uneducated, unenlightened and racist portrayal of native peoples,” Baker said.

Brown has not apologized—though he did say the actions of his staffers are “not something I condone”—but his campaign spokesman issued a statement on the video: “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…He regrets that members of his staff did not live up to the high standards that the people of Massachusetts expect and deserve.”

On The Ed Show, Ed Schultz pointed out that Democrats are shopping around another video of Brown supporters making chants during a Brown campaign stop. In the video, Brown brings up Warren’s heritage, and people in the crowd start making the “war whoops.”

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley said on the show that this is “consistent with Scott Brown. He has been running scared.” She added: ”I’m offended as an American. Scott Brown is not just a candidate, he is a sitting U.S. Senator.”

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Head of Cherokee Nation calls on Scott Brown to apologize for campaign's racist chants

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