cloudy.png
Saturday May 8th, 2021 12:58PM

Santorum's comments on Native Americans don't quiet critics

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN analyst Rick Santorum's claim that he misspoke during a recent speech where he said there was “nothing here” when the United States was founded did little to diminish anger against him.

The National Congress of American Indians on Tuesday renewed calls for CNN to fire the former Pennsylvania senator. The group's president, Fawn Sharp, called Santorum arrogant for comments made to Chris Cuomo on Monday night.

“I was optimistic he would own it, he would recognize it and he would apologize,” Sharp said, “but he did none of those things.”

CNN has not commented on Santorum's initial remarks in an April 23 speech before Young America's Foundation, a conservative youth organization, and did not on Tuesday, either. There's been no indication of a change in status for Santorum, a commentator who was often tasked with giving the Republican point of view during campaign coverage.

When he spoke to the youth group, Santorum said immigrants created a nation based on the Judeo-Christian ethic from a blank slate.

“We birthed a nation from nothing,” he said. “Yes, there were Native Americans, but there isn't much Native American culture in American culture.”

Those comments were swiftly criticized, and Santorum was invited onto Cuomo's prime-time show Monday to explain himself.

Santorum said he “misspoke” in the sense that it wasn't clear that he was speaking in the context of the founding of the United States government.

“People say I'm trying to dismiss what happened to the Native Americans,” he said. “Far from it. The way we treated Native Americans was horrific. It goes against every bone and everything I've ever fought for as a leader in the Congress.”

Cuomo said that what upset people was “beating up the little guy” and that it perpetuated the sense that anyone who wasn't a white Christian — be they gay, Black, Native American or whatever — was somehow considered an “other.”

“You're like me, you're a mutt,” Cuomo told him. “You came here a couple of generations ago. You ain't no Pilgrim, Rick.”

Santorum said he does not try to diminish those who aren't like him.

“Just because I disagree with someone on the issue of marriage doesn't mean that I hate them, or see them as ‘less than,’” he said. “That's what I get accused of, and that's wrong.”

CNN's Don Lemon, who follow Cuomo on the network schedule and often banters with his colleague between the two shows, was visibly angered by Santorum's remarks.

Lemon said he was furious watching the interview in his office and wanted to apologize to viewers who were insulted by it.

“I can't believe the first words out of his mouth weren't ‘I’m sorry, I said something ignorant, I need to learn about the history of this country,'” Lemon said. “No contrition. Didn't talk about, you know, the suffering the Native Americans have had to deal with in this country. Rick Santorum, really? Did he actually think it was a good idea for him to come on television and try to whitewash the whitewash that he whitewashed?”

There was no immediate comment from Santorum to Lemon's remarks.

Sharp said anger against CNN was building in Native American communities and that a petition circulating calling for Santorum's firing has more than 15,000 signatures.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Entertainment
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Pfizer's posts $4.9B 1Q profit as vaccine strategy pays off
Selling vaccines during a pandemic has boosted Pfizer’s bottom line and proven that a strategy it embarked upon over a decade ago is now paying off handsomely
4:34PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Santorum's comments on Native Americans don't quiet critics
CNN analyst Rick Santorum went on the network to try and explain comments about Native Americans that have led to criticism, but he didn't appear to calm things down
4:18PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Hyundai recalls over 390K vehicles for possible engine fires
Hyundai is recalling over 390,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada for problems that can cause engine fires
4:14PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Biden aims for vaccinating 70% of adult Americans by July 4
President Joe Biden has set a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one dose to 70% of adult Americans by July Fourth
3:58PM ( 42 minutes ago )
2 GOP California governor candidates try to impress voters
Two Republicans running for California governor have pitched themselves as “the beast" and a “compassionate disruptor" in new campaign ads
3:43PM ( 56 minutes ago )
Israel's Netanyahu faces midnight deadline to form coalition
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a midnight deadline to put together a new coalition government
3:09PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Idaho intern reports rape, says lawmakers ‘destroyed me’
From nearly the moment a 19-year-old intern’s report that she was raped by an Idaho lawmaker became public, she faced harassment from right-wing groups and even other lawmakers
11:00AM ( 5 hours ago )
House GOP leader cites rank-and-file concerns about Cheney
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is amplifying pressure on No. 3 House Republican leader Liz Cheney
10:49AM ( 5 hours ago )
Whose 'Big Lie'? Trump's proclamation a new GOP litmus test
Donald Trump and his supporters are intensifying efforts to shame members of the party who are seen as disloyal to the former president and his false claims that last year’s election was stolen
8:57AM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
LA, San Francisco improve for broader business reopening
Los Angeles and San Francisco have met state guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier for businesses to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic
3:26PM ( 1 hour ago )
Bruce Springsteen receives this year's Woody Guthrie Prize
Bruce Springsteen has won the Woody Guthrie Prize, which is given annually to an artist seen as carrying on the spirit of the folk singer whose music focused on the plight of the poor and disenfranchised
2:12PM ( 2 hours ago )
Jimmie Johnson to make Indy 500 debut - for NBC Sports
Jimmie Johnson will make his Indianapolis 500 debut this season but in the television booth and not on the racetrack
1:45PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Pfizer's posts $4.9B 1Q profit as vaccine strategy pays off
Selling vaccines during a pandemic has boosted Pfizer’s bottom line and proven that a strategy it embarked upon over a decade ago is now paying off handsomely
4:34PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Hyundai recalls over 390K vehicles for possible engine fires
Hyundai is recalling over 390,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada for problems that can cause engine fires
4:14PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Technology shares sink broader market although Dow has gain
Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street Tuesday, dragged down by big technology companies like Apple and Microsoft
4:14PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Nationals' Juan Soto reinstated from IL but won't start yet
The Washington Nationals have reinstated outfielder Juan Soto from the 10-day injured list, but last year’s NL batting champion will be limited to pinch-hitting duty for now
4:13PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Overpass collapse on Mexico City metro kills at least 24
Officials say 24 people were killed when an elevated section of Mexico City's metro collapsed as a train was traveling along it
4:10PM ( 29 minutes ago )