CNN severs ties with Santorum following comments about Native Americans


CNN severed its contract with senior political commentator Rick Santorum this week after comments he made about Native Americans and the influence the indigenous people’s culture has had on the U.S.

The comments from the former Republican senator’s sparked outrage last month when he spoke about the history of the United States. 

We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here,” Santorum said at a Young America’s Foundation event. “I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly, there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”

A CNN senior executive first told the Huffington Post on Saturday that Santorum’s contract was quietly ended with CNN after the comments. The CNN executive spoke on the condition of anonymity, according to the news outlet. 

In a statement to The Hill, a spokesperson for CNN confirmed that the network and Santorum have “parted ways.” 

“Leadership wasn’t particularly satisfied with that appearance. None of the anchors wanted to book him,” the CNN executive told Huffington Post. “So he was essentially benched anyway.”

“I think after that appearance, it was pretty clear we couldn’t use him again,” the executive added.

Following the remarks, Santorum told CNN host Chris CuomoChris CuomoThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Chris Cuomo says advising brother was a ‘mistake’ Chris Cuomo apologizes for advising brother Andrew Cuomo on handling scandal Chris Cuomo advised brother Andrew Cuomo on handling sexual misconduct allegations MORE that the remarks were taken “out of context” and that he “misspoke”

However, some civil rights and Native American advocacy groups rebuked the former presidential GOP candidate. 

“Rick Santorum is an unhinged and embarrassing racist who disgraces CNN and any other media company that provides him a platform,” Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, said at the time. 





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