CNN's Baldwin rips Trump's 'Pocahontas' insult: 'It is not just sexist, it is racist'

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE referring to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal On The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy MORE (D-Mass.) as “Pocahontas” is “not only sexist, it is racist" after he mocked the potential 2020 contender over her questionable claim of having Native American ancestors. 

"He picks on these two female members of Congress," said Baldwin on "CNN Newsroom" during a panel discussion. "Congresswoman Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDem leaders fend off calls to impeach Trump Waters says flag burning outside her office 'overshadowed' peaceful demonstration Maxine Waters defenders gather to counter far-right protest that doesn’t happen: report MORE [D-Calif.], who has been criticized recently, and he picks on her IQ. Then he picks on Sen. Warren and her race."

"So Sen. Warren clapped back with this tweet," Baldwin continued before quoting the senator's tweet that has been retweeted more than 53,000 times and liked more than 200,000 times.

"On the ... point on language, why do you think he keeps calling her ‘Pocahontas?’ ” Baldwin asked incredulously. "It is not just sexist, it is racist!"

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"It rude and mean and degrading. But in his mind and the people looking on this campaign and the reelect, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it," replied Republican strategist Alice Stewart. 

"And it worked for him," noted Baldwin.

"With his base, it is working for him. This was a rally in Montana for Matt Rosendale [R], who is running against Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterTrump Jr. to hold fundraiser for Manchin challenger History argues for Democratic Senate gains Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria MORE [D], who the president really wants to see unseated," Stewart continued. "In his mind, in the campaign’s mind, this was classic Trump, right to the base, giving them red meat, insulting anyone and everyone in his swath."

Trump ribbed Warren, as he has repeatedly done in speeches, during a midterm campaign rally in Montana on Thursday night. 

"I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian," he said. "I have a feeling she will say no."

"She's based her life on being a minority," Trump also added. 

Warren has said she was told by her mother as a child that she was of Native American heritage but has not provided documentation to back up the claim. 

“Look, I do know. I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere," Warren said in an NBC News interview on March 11.