May 17, 2015 11:00 am -


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.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

8 responses to Loretta Sanchez Appears To Mock Native Americans

  1. fahvel May 17th, 2015 at 11:06 am

    this one is pure bullsht – someone’s getting a bit strange!

  2. Anomaly 100 May 17th, 2015 at 11:28 am


  3. Mainah May 17th, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Wow. This is why we can’t get anywhere. I hope she was drug tested after that. Hell, even my ten year old wouldn’t have used that to describe our friends who are First Nation’s People. We get invited to the Pow Wow every year. It is a very beautiful culture. Our problem is that we seem to be letting too many stupid people “lead”. This is why we need more money for education. seriously.

  4. jasperjava May 17th, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    She’s an airhead, obviously.
    I hope Kamala Harris wins the nomination.

    • tracey marie May 17th, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Worse she is a bit of a bigot

  5. Kick Frenzy May 17th, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I originally saw this story on the Bing news crawl, which had FoxNews as the first link.
    The comments there are (predictably) ridiculous.
    It’s filled with “Dems are racists” and “They’ll give her a pass because she’s a Dem” and a bunch of crap like that.

    I didn’t bother replying.
    But, in just the few comments here already, it’s obvious why those comments over there make me want to explode my mind right in front of my face.

    Sorry (not sorry), Ms Sanchez, but you just lost the race.
    We do not tolerate bigotry, racism or general dumbassness.

  6. bpollen May 17th, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I’m pretty sure she is aware, or denying, that most Hispanics in the US are of mestizo ancestry? Most are NOT pure-blood descendants of the Spanish. So she is insulting not only indigenous peoples in the Americas, but also most Hispanics in the Americas.

  7. Larry Schmitt May 17th, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    How is it there are so many tone deaf people holding public office in this country?