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 TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE referring to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her More Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? 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 fight roils an already ugly political climate Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills 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) TesterNelson campaign to donate K from Al Franken group to charity Montana lawmakers cheer recommendation to ban mining north of Yellowstone Cook Political Report moves Texas Senate race to ‘toss-up’ 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.