In all the craziness following the Brown/Warren debate and our awesome scoop of Brown’s staff doing “tomahawk chops” and all the rest of it, this comment by Scott Brown, at the very beginning of last week’s debate, hasn’t gotten enough attention.
“As you can see, she’s not.” Wow – as though just by looking at a person, it’s possible to discern whether that person has any Native American heritage. What a remarkable claim.
Josh Marshall at TPM takes Brown to task:
Brown apparently thinks that if Warren were a real Cherokee she’d be over there at the podium with dark-hued skin, war paint and a feather headdress.
Whether Warren was right to claim some level of Indian ancestry or whether she’s credentialed with this or that tribe I don’t really know or care about. But this “she don’t look Indian” line Brown is now basing his campaign on is ignorant to the point of offensive.
Marshall also argues that Brown’s “as you can see” line “sounds like a great gotcha line. Unless, you know really anything about the modern Cherokee Nation. In colloquial terms at least, most Cherokees ‘look white.””
Seems to me fair game for someone to show Brown a photo of these guys and ask whether he can spot whether or not they’re Cherokee by looking. After all, that’s exactly what he claimed to be able to do in the debate.
UPDATE: Unbelievably, today Scott Brown tried to deny what he said in the above video. This story first surfaced at the Huffington Post, but their video player stinks (at least for me – took forever to load), so I re-recorded it for YouTube. What’s amazing is not only that Brown refuses to acknowledge what he said a couple of days earlier, but also that he is now claiming that if Warren hadn’t “checked the box,” she might not be the Democratic nominee for Senate. The poor guy is really losing it. Check it out: