Rick Santorum Claims He 'Misspoke' About Native American Culture in the US


  • Rick Santorum stated he “misspoke” about Native American tradition in the US.
  • Santorum obtained criticism for suggesting that Native Americans didn’t contribute in a serious option to the nation.
  • NCS host Don Lemon ripped into Santorum’s rationalization: “It was horrible.”
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Former Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Rick Santorum in an interview on Monday walked again widely-criticized feedback he made final month about Native American tradition in the United States.

“We birthed a nation from nothing,” Santorum said on April 23. “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.”

NCS host Chris Cuomo gave Santorum the flooring to elucidate himself throughout a phase of “Cuomo Prime Time.”

“This seemed like you were trying to erase diversity in the interest of some white Christian right,” Cuomo informed Santorum.

“I misspoke,” stated Santorum, a political commentator for NCS. “What I was talking about is, as you can see from the run-up, I was talking about the founding of our country. 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.”

He went on to say: “I was not trying to dismiss Native Americans. In fact, I mentioned them because yes, they were here, and they did have an impact, in fact, in this country … I misspoke in this respect — I was talking about the founding and the principles embodied in the founding.”

Santorum made the controversial remarks throughout a speech at a conservative youth group, and critics accused him of overlooking the position of Native Americans in the US and downplaying the atrocities dedicated towards them. 

On Monday, Santorum tried to distance himself from his earlier statements and informed Cuomo that “the way we treated Native Americans was horrific.”

Cuomo confronted Santorum over his feedback, telling him: “You’re like me. You’re a mutt, who came here a couple of generations ago, Rick. You ain’t no pilgrim, OK?”

“Yep,” Santorum replied.

Shortly after the interview, NCS anchor Don Lemon stated he was “furious” with Santorum’s rationalization.

“I cannot believe the first words out of his mouth weren’t: ‘I’m sorry, I said something ignorant,'” Lemon stated. “Did he actually think it was a good idea for him to come on television and try to whitewash the whitewash that he whitewashed? It was horrible.”

“It was so egregious and insulting,” he added.

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