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Loretta Sanchez Apologizes for Racial Native American Gesture

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By    |   Monday, 18 May 2015 12:03 PM

Loretta Sanchez, a U.S. Senate candidate, has apologized for making a whooping war cry at an appearance over the weekend that many took to mimic a racial stereotype about American Indians.

Sanchez, a Democrat from Santa Ana, California, who just entered the U.S. Senate race last week, met with an Indian American group Saturday when she made the sound and gesture, tapping her hand over her mouth, according to the Sacramento Bee.

"I am going to his office, thinking that I am going to meet with a . . . " Sanchez said just before making the war chant gesture. "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 senate opponent, California attorney general Kamala Harris, jumped on the gaffe Saturday while at the state Democratic convention, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"I don't know what to say to that. That – that – that's shocking," Harris told a news conference after she was made aware of Sanchez's comment and gesture. "That's shocking."

Sanchez later attempted to explain herself.

"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 told the Bee. "I think that Native Americans have an incredibly great history, and a great presence in our country, and many of them are supporting our election."

At the state Democratic convention on Sunday, she also issued an apology.

"It's hard to put yourself out there and to do what leaders need to do — day in and day out — and yes, sooner or later we make mistakes," she told the delegates. "In this crazy and exciting rush of meetings yesterday, I said something offensive and for that I sincerely apologize."




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Loretta Sanchez, a U.S. Senate candidate, has apologized for making a whooping war cry at an appearance over the weekend that many took to mimic a racial stereotype about American Indians.
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