CNN drops Rick Santorum in the wake of comments he made about Native Americans

According to The Hill, CNN has terminated the contract of network contributor and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) amid controversy surrounding recent comments he made about Native Americans — comments that many considered to be offensive.

Santorum’s controversial remarks came during a speech at last month’s Young America’s Foundation event. “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,” the former GOP senator said at the time, as The Hill reported.

His remark about Native Americans was perceived as racist by some and reportedly sparked a backlash against Santorum by some of the cable news network’s staffers and from viewers, which ultimately led the network to make the decision to “cancel” him, though he would later attempt to walk back the remarks.

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

“Unhinged and embarrassing”

“I think after that appearance, it was pretty clear we couldn’t use him again,” the anonymous executive reportedly said of Santorum’s status at the network.

Santorum essentially apologized for the comments shortly after he made them in a subsequent interview with CNN primetime host Chris Cuomo, claiming that he “misspoke,” but the damage was clearly already done.

According to the New York Post, at least two Native American groups urged CNN to fire Santorum over his remarks, which they found offensive and unacceptable.

“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.

“Out of context”

Santorum also told Cuomo that his comments on Native Americans were “taken out of context” but admitted that he shouldn’t have made them. “I had no intention of minimizing or in any way devaluing Native American culture,” he said in a statement, according to Deadline.

Santorum was a moderate GOP senator from Pennsylvania for 12 years and was the third-ranking Republican for roughly half of that time. The Pennsylvania Republican also made two unsuccessful bids at the White House, running in 2012 and 2016.

It’s unfortunate that an offhand comment that apparently didn’t accurately represent his view on a subject could be the only thing Santorum is remembered for during his time at the network, but with the left-leaning media’s hyper-sensitivity to anything that they remotely sense as racism, it’s certainly not surprising that he was handed his walking papers.

Given his resume and experience as a politician, attorney, and contributor for a major news network — along with the fact that he’s reportedly a millionaire — it’s probably safe to say that Santorum will be just fine without CNN.

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