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 TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE referring to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAnother recession could hit US in 2019, says credit union association chief Warren says vote should be delayed, asks what Kavanaugh is hiding Kavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report 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 WatersKavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report Scalise: Democrats need to denounce political violence Women wield sizable power in ‘Me Too’ midterms 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) TesterCBS Poll: Missouri, Montana Senate races in dead heats Dems play waiting game with Collins and Murkowski Watchdog groups to file complaint against Montana candidate alleging coordination with NRA 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.