Trump Surrogate Howie Carr's Long History Of Attacking Elizabeth Warren With Native American Stereotypes
Research ››› ››› DANIEL ANGSTER
Howie Carr, a columnist for the Boston Herald, radio host, and surrogate for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, has a long history of attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Carr often refers to Warren as “fauxcahontas,” a “fake Indian” and as a “squaw” -- a racial slur for Native American women.
Carr Mimicked A “War Whoop” During A Trump Rally
Carr Attacked Warren By Mimicking A Native American “War Whoop.” While warming up the crowd at a June 29 Donald Trump rally in Maine, Howie Carr reportedly mocked Warren by using a “war whoop” in an attempt to revive a controversy surrounding Warren’s heritage. [Politico, 6/29/16]
Carr Has Often Attacked Warren With Native American Stereotypes
Carr: “Elizabeth Warren As A Comic Book Hero? Meet Wonder Squaw!” Writing in the Boston Herald, Carr called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) a “squaw,” a word which has been deemed a slur against Native Americans. From his April 7 Boston Herald column:
Elizabeth Warren as a comic book hero? Meet Wonder Squaw!
It's hard to imagine, but somebody is coming out with a - 24-page comic book about her rise from 'modest means to the Massachusetts Senate.'
Funny, I thought she was in the U.S. Senate, and as for her 'modest means' - yeah, right, and did she ever tell you about those high cheekbones of hers? But let's - play along.
'Look, over by Wall Street - I mean Wall Trail. It's a Native American! It's an Okie! It's ... Wonder Squaw! Yes, it's Elizabeth Warren, strange visitor from another planet (Oklahoma) who came to Harvard with scams and grifts far beyond those of mortal frauds.'
All superheroes need a whole backstory - sidekicks, vehicles, even weaknesses. For instance, she gained her superpowers by stealing a real Indian's job. And now she's able to check the box with a single stroke. Her secret weapon - the Tomahawk of Justice. If you need Batman, you send him a bat signal. Wonder Squaw gets either a moonbat signal or a smoke signal. And all comic book heroes need trademark phrases.
'Middle class in heap big trouble,' Wonder Squaw tells her clueless followers. 'Great White Father scalping you for many moons now.' [Boston Herald, 4/7/16, via Nexis]
Carr Shared An Edited Picture Of Warren Wearing A Headdress. Carr shared a picture of Warren edited so it looked like she was wearing a headdress while sitting on the floor of the House of Representatives during the recent Democratic-led sit-in in support of gun control legislation. From Twitter:
Sitting Indian style, Sen. Fauxcahontas offers up a prayer to the Spirit in the Sky to repeal the 2nd amendment. pic.twitter.com/aexboG3zFl
— Howie Carr (@HowieCarrShow) June 24, 2016
Carr Often Refers To Warren As “Fauxcahontas” Carr has called Warren “fauxcahontas” in at least six of his Boston Herald columns, according to Nexis, alluding to the famous Native American Pocahontas. Carr often promotes T-shirts with the name and image of Warren in a headdress in his Boston Herald columns and on social media:
— Howie Carr (@HowieCarrShow) May 15, 2016
[Boston Herald, 9/3/15, via Nexis; 12/3/15, via Nexis; 3/22/16, via Nexis; 5/29/16, via Nexis; 4/17/15, via Nexis; 9/9/12, via Nexis; Twitter, 5/15/16]
Carr Praised Trump After The Candidate Referred To Warren As An “Indian.” Carr supported Trump for mocking Warren as an “Indian” and corrected the candidate, suggesting he should call her “fake Indian.” From his March 22 Boston Herald column:
If Scott Brown had hit back as hard at the fake Indian as Donald Trump did yesterday, he might still be in the U.S. Senate.
'The Indian?' the Donald sneered yesterday about the woman who refuses to take a DNA test to prove her alleged Native American heritage. 'You mean the Indian?'
That's fake Indian to you, pal.
'She's got about as much Indian blood as I have,' he elaborated after she went on the warpath, high cheekbones and all.
For the record, Sen. Fauxcahontas was a white woman before she became an Indian before she returned to her original heritage. She now describes herself as 'Okie down to her toes.' OK, Okie, whatever you say.
You remember her BS when she first drifted into Massachusetts from the Indian Territory. Claimed she grew up on the 'jagged edge of the middle class.' Hardscrabble doesn't begin to describe her imagined life. [Boston Herald, 3/22/16, via Nexis]
Carr Contemplated Whether Warren Would Smoke “The Peace Pipe” And Endorse Hillary Clinton. Carr asked early June if Warren would “be ready to smoke the peace pipe” and endorse presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. From his June 1 Boston Herald column:
There's an old saying in politics, isn't there Hillary? You can't beat somebody with nobody. You're somebody. But you're still losing ... to nobody.
They've all endorsed you, all the Democrat septuagenerians - Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, now even Jerry Brown. Tonight at the Westin will be like the Early Bird Special down at Marion Manor. For many moons, only Elizabeth Warren held out, but could she be ready to smoke the peace pipe, too? [Boston Herald, 6/1/16, via Nexis]
Carr: “I Placed Another Call To The Senator’s Teepee. … Next Time I Need A Statement From Granny, I’m Going To Use Smoke Signals.” Carr wrote that he “placed another call to [Warren’s] teepee in D.C.” He continued, calling Warren “Granny” and saying next time he tries to contact her he will “use smoke signals.” From his December 3 Boston Herald column:
I placed another call to the senator's teepee in D.C. This time I asked whether, if after getting rid of those racist sheaves of wheat on the seal, Professor Mann will take up the continuing scandal of greedy white people claiming Indian heritage to get tenured positions paying them $350,000 a year to teach one course, after which they no longer claim to be Indian and instead say they're 'Okie to their toes.' (OK, that last part I was just thinking.)
Once again, nobody called me back. Some Native American Heritage Month this turned out to be for me!
Next time I need a statement from Granny, I'm going to use smoke signals. [Boston Herald, 12/3/15, via Nexis]
Carr: “Chief Spreading Bull Lays Out Familiar Phony Talking Points.” In his September 3 Boston Herald column titled “Chief Spreading Bull lays out familiar phony talking points” Carr used numerous stereotypical Native American words and phrases to mock Warren:
The fake Indian, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, was doing ... what? I guess they'd call it a Web interview. Although it seemed more like a religious event - the Second Coming, as far as the Globe's trust-funded pajama boys are concerned.
Here's one answer from Lieawatha that sums up the whole exercise:
'Light beer. I'm self-confident enough to say that. I like light beer. I like it ... I'm happy when I have light beer.'
Er, is that anything like firewater, Senator? What exactly did she mean by 'light' beer? Maybe she was referring to Lite beer, the brand, but probably not. She was making it up, like the recipe she lifted from a haute cuisine French cookbook for cold crab omelet, claiming her ancestors served it up on the Trail of Tears.
So how's about legalizing pot, Chief Spreading Bull, which you used to be against, before you were for it, just like you were a white woman before you became an Indian before you became an 'Okie.' [Boston Herald, 9/3/15, via Nexis]
Trump Has Echoed Carr In Attacking Warren, Calling Her “Pocahontas”
Trump Has Called Warren “Pocahontas” And “The Indian.” Trump has repeatedly criticized Warren for her Native American heritage claim by calling her “Pocahontas” and “the Indian.” From a June 10 Washington Post report:
It was a bad time for Sen. Cory Gardner to be caught in an elevator with a reporter. Donald Trump had just referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts as “Pocahontas” — again — and the Republican freshman from Colorado was struggling to figure out how to respond.
The furor over Trump’s assaults on the impartiality of a Latino judge had just begun to subside when he lobbed two tweets Friday morning responding to Warren, who had lambasted him as a “thin-skinned, racist bully” in a speech the previous evening.
“Pocahontas is at it again!” Trump wrote in one. “Goofy Elizabeth Warren, one of the least productive U.S. Senators, has a nasty mouth.”
The real estate developer has repeatedly invoked the 17th-century Native American figure to refer to Warren, an allusion to controversy about her heritage. The senator has said she grew up amid family stories about her Cherokee lineage, but that account has not been proved.
Trump began going after Warren’s claimed ancestry earlier this year, responding to the senator’s repeated slams of him as a “loser” and a bully. “Who’s that, the Indian?” he said at a March news conference when asked about Warren. “You mean the Indian?” [The Washington Post, 6/10/16]