Rick Santorum has lost his position as
a senior political commentator at CNN.
While he is best known for his
anti-LGBT language, Santorum was fired over racist remarks.
“We birthed a nation from nothing. I
mean, there was nothing here,” Santorum told the crowd at a Young
America's Foundation event. “I mean, yes, we have Native Americans,
but candidly, there isn’t much Native American culture in American
During an appearance on CNN's Cuomo
Prime Time, Santorum explained that his remarks were taken “out
of context” and refused to back down or apologize.
According to HuffPost, the
appearance convinced executives to terminate Santorum.
“I think after that appearance, it
was pretty clear we couldn't use him again,” HuffPost quoted
a CNN executive which it did not name.
Santorum twice ran as a Republican for
the White House. His 2012 campaign became notorious for its
opposition to LGBT rights, especially marriage equality.
During that campaign, Santorum
routinely criticized LGBT rights, including calling the repeal of
“Don't Ask, Don't Tell” a “tragic social experiment,” blaming
a cratered economy on marriage equality, and calling for celibacy
from gays and lesbians.
Santorum is most likely best known for
his 2003 remarks comparing gay unions to “man on dog.”