BOSTON — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren says she is “appalled” by the behavior of two people in a video who approach Warren supporters shouting war whoops and performing tomahawk chops.
A Massachusetts Republican Party spokesman confirmed one of its field coordinators, Brad Garnett, is seen on the video leading the whoops and making tomahawk gestures. State Democratic officials identified another person making tomahawk motions as Jack Richard, a member of Brown’s U.S. Senate office.
“If this had happened on my staff, there would be consequences,” Warren said at a press conference Tuesday. “There would be serious consequences.”
The video was posted online by the Democrat-leaning Blue Mass Group, which said it was recorded at a Brown rally on Saturday in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. The actions are an apparent reference to Warren’s claims of Native American heritage.
Brown said Tuesday he hadn’t seen the video, which surfaced online the day published reports outlined legal work Warren performed for a company fighting a federal mandate to pay additional money into a health care fund for retired coal miners.
“That’s not something I condone. That’s certainly something, if I am aware of it, I would tell that member not to do it again,” Brown said. “I know everyone is in the throes of the political season. I ask everyone to show real class and decorum on both sides.”
Officials from Brown’s campaign and his Senate office wouldn’t say if any of their staffers were involved. Garnett did not immediately return a call or email.
With reporting by the Associated Press and WBUR’s Fred Thys