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 TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE referring to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders: Trump should confront Putin over Mueller probe indictments Midterms will show voters are tired of taking back seat to Wall Street McConnell: I won't be intimidated by protesters 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 WatersLawmakers demand answers from Mnuchin on Trump tariffs House panel clears 8 bills, eyes larger package for Senate Fox's Bream moves show from Supreme Court after mood turns 'volatile' 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) TesterDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Dems in terrible bind on Kavanaugh nomination Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race 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.