Not only is Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez facing blowback for what many viewed as a racially insensitive gesture, she has attracted further criticism for literally running away from a reporter attempting to ask her about the incident.
Reports indicate Sanchez, currently a California congresswoman, was attending a recent Indian-American caucus meeting when she recalled an invitation she received from an individual in the Indian community.
“I’m going to his office thinking that I’m going to go meet with [Native American ‘war cry’], right?” Sanchez said. “He’s an Indian-American.”
Almost immediately, she began receiving criticism for her perceived insensitivity toward Native Americans by the Indian-Americans in attendance.
“I was shocked and appalled,” said Long Beach delegate Uduak-Joe Ntuk, “that she would make disparaging comments about Native Americans that way. It was very undemocratic.”
Her Democrat opponent in the Senate race, Kamala Harris, responded to the incident after she learned about it a short time later.
“I don’t know what to say to that,” she said, chuckling. “That, that, that’s shocking. That’s shocking.”
Perhaps the most surreal aspect of Sanchez’s gaffe came when a local news team attempted to follow up with her.
“I’m sorry,” she said as she sprinted away from the microphone and cameras. “Hey, hey, hey.”
Sanchez did respond at another time to what she described as a coordinated push to squeeze her out of the race.
“I will just say that there were plenty of phone calls asking me not to [run],” she asserted. “There were plenty of phone calls trying to sweeten the pot; and there were plenty of sort of threatening things.”
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