Published April 29, 2016
WASHINGTON – In this presidential year filled with absurdity, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s comments about dealing with men who “sometimes get off the reservation” is causing raised eyebrows among American Indians.
Clinton comment came as she was responding to a question in an exclusive interview on CNN with Jake Tapper, who asked Clinton if she has learned how to take on Trump the failed Republican candidates who ran against him in the primarieis.
“I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak,” said Clinton.
“I’m not going to deal with their temper tantrums or their bullying or their efforts to try to provoke me,” Clinton said in an excerpt of an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper aired Friday. “He can say whatever he wants to say about me. I could really care less.”
Clinton’s rival Senator Bernie Sanders has made a concerted effort to meet with American Indian leaders from various regions of the country.
“This is one of many sayings that marginalize the experience of American Indians and Alaska Natives. I’m disappointed that politicians who should have ample opportunity to interface with tribal representatives still use such expressions, says Nicole Willis, national tribal outreach director for the Bernie Sanders campaign to Native News Online on Friday evening.
“She has some battle tested Native women with her campaign, but the way she has interacted with communities of color is mind boggling…”.super predators”,’ hot sauce” and now “off the reservation” among a huge list of problematic speech and behavior,” commented Johnnie Jae, of Native Max magazine.
At press time, an email from Native News Online had not been returned seeking a comment from the Clinton campaign.
Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:54 p.m. – Eastern Time to include Sanders’ campaign comment.