Santorum says he ‘misspoke’ after backlash over comments about Native Americans

Conservative commentator Rick Santorum[1] said he “misspoke” after receiving accusations that he whitewashed the treatment and contributions of Native Americans[2].

Santorum, the 62-year-old former Pennsylvania senator, addressed the backlash that stemmed from his comments April 23 in front of Young America’s Foundation.

“No, no, no, no, no. Just to be clear, what I was not saying was that Native American culture — I misspoke. What I was talking about is, as you can see from the run-up, I was talking about the founding of our country,” he said Monday on CNN[3]. “I had given a long talk about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the ideas behind those, and that I was saying we sort of created that anew, if you will.”

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“I was not trying to dismiss Native Americans. In fact, I mentioned them because, yes, they were here and did have an impact,” Santorum added. “You’re right. They have a huge impact, particularly in the West and many other areas of the country, where they have a huge impact on American culture. I was talking about — and I misspoke in this respect — I was talking about the founding and the principles embodied in the founding.”

During his April 23 speech, Santorum said, “We came here and created a blank slate. We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly, there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”

CNN, which employs Santorum as a commentator, faced calls to bench him. It was not the first time his comments have spurred controversy.

In an email to the Washington Examiner at the time the comments sparked criticism, Santorum said he “had no intention of minimizing or in any way devaluing Native American culture.”

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Santorum clashed[6] with Bakari Sellers in July 2020 after Sellers said he couldn’t reconcile former President George Washington’s greatness with the “inhumanity” that he owned slaves to which Santorum compared the morality of slavery to abortion.

References

  1. ^ Rick Santorum (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  2. ^ Native Americans (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  3. ^ CNN (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  4. ^ DENVER DONATES 14 BISON TO TRIBAL NATIONS (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  5. ^ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  6. ^ clashed (www.washingtonexaminer.com)