Story at a glance:

  • At a conservative event, Rick Santorum said America was built off nothing, ignoring the existence of Native Americans.
    • To many online, the comment came off as whitewashing, or the act of revising or concealing inconvenient facts about how white people treated minorities.
    • CNN hasn’t responded.

Critics want former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, now a CNN political commentator, fired for his recent comments that America was "birthed a nation from nothing."

Last week, at the Standing Up For Faith & Freedom Conference for the Young America's Foundation, a conservative youth organization, Santorum made his controversial remark, sparking outrage. The video went viral.

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

“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 said. “They came here because they were not allowed to practice their particular faith in their own country.”

To many online, the comment came off as whitewashing, or the act of revising or concealing inconvenient facts about how white people treated minorities.

“The erasure of Native people and histories, which existed before and survived in spite of a white supremacist empire, is a foundational sin of a make-believe nation,” Nick Estes, a citizen and activist of the Lower Brule Sioux tribe and host of the Red Nation podcast, said.

“According to Rick Santorum, the U.S. was founded as a ‘Judeo-Christian’ theocratic state. He might be right about that, but the idea that the first colonizers escaped religious persecution is laughable. Invasion was an economic enterprise for god, glory, and gold,” Estes continued.

This is not the first time Santorum made comments critics saw as a fireable offense. He told Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors how they should have survived their school shooting instead of demanding gun control.

"How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that," Santorum said as a guest on CNN's "State of the Union," USA Today reported.

As of now, CNN has not responded to either The Guardian or USA Today on whether it will terminate Santorum.

Santorum told USA Today, “I had no intention of minimizing or in any way devaluing Native American culture.”


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Published on Apr 27, 2021