Loretta Sanchez Appears To Mock Native Americans
California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, seeking Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat, appeared to mock Native Americans by making a whooping sound.
In a video shown to The Sacramento Bee and posted online shortly after, Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, describes a pending meeting she had with an East Indian.
“I am going to his office, thinking that I am going to meet with a,” she said, holding her hand in front of her mouth and making an echo sound. “Right? … because he said Indian American.
“And I go in there and it was great. It was just great because he said ‘I want to get my community involved.’ Involved. And that was the first time that we saw the Indian American community really come. …”
Sanchez’s remarks came at the California Democratic Party’s convention in Anaheim, where the two Democrats seeking to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer were meeting with delegates to begin shaping the contours of the campaign.
The other candidate, Attorney General Kamala Harris, whose mother is from from India and father is African American, was provided an account of the event by a reporter after her news conference. She called it shocking. “I don’t know what to say to that,” she said.
Harris later in the evening condemned the comment. “It is shocking and there is no place for that in our public discourse,” she said.
Sanchez, asked about the gesture in the video on Saturday, explained her thinking.
“What I said was that I got a call from somebody from over the phone and he said I want to talk to you about having help from the Indian community, and I thought he meant the American Indian community, in the sense of the Native American Indian community,” she said.
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