Santorum Booted From CNN Amid Backlash Over His Comments on Native Americans

CNN has dropped former Senator Rick Santorum from his role as a political commentator due to his allegedly controversial remarks on Native American history that he made in a speech last month.

Although Santorum attempted to clarified and even apologized for his remarks several times, the cancel culture came down hard on the former Presidential candidate.

His remarks were called were deemed racist by publications on the left as well as by Fawn Sharp, President of the National Congress of American Indians, who issued a statement, writing:

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“Rick Santorum is an unhinged and embarrassing racist who disgraces CNN and any other media company that provides him a platform. Televising someone with his views on Native American genocide is fundamentally no different than putting an outright Nazi on television to justify the Holocaust. Any mainstream media organization should fire him or face a boycott from more than 500 Tribal Nations and our allies from across the country and worldwide.”

Santorum later stated that he had “no intention of minimizing or in any way devaluing Native 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,” he said on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time.

“I would never, and you know, people have said, ‘Oh, I’m trying to dismiss what we did to the Native Americans.’ Far from it! The way we treated Native Americans was horrific.”

Addressing the news of CNN on Twitter, Santorum wrote, “When I signed on with CNN, I understood I would be providing commentary that is not regularly heard by the typical CNN viewer. I appreciate the opportunity CNN provided me over the past 4 years. I am committed to continuing the fight for our conservative principles and values.” 

What Did Santorum Really Say? 

In an April speech at the Standing Up for Faith and Freedom conference, Santorum tried to stress the importance of religious liberty in the U.S.

“If you think about this country, I don’t know of any other country in the world that was settled predominantly by people who were coming to practice their faith.

Santorum went on to argue for the view that the U.S. is a unique “propositional nation,” a nation founded on principles rather than on language, ethnicity or geography.

“You know, if you think of other countries, like Italy and Greece and China, Turkey and places like that, they’ve all, sort of, changed over time. I mean, they’ve been there for millennia in many cases. And their culture has, sort of, evolved over time. But not us.”

But the real controversy came with his remarks on Native Americans.

“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.”

 

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