Many in the audience at the Indian-American caucus in Anaheim reacted with silence, CNN reported. Uduak-Joe Ntuk who shared the video with CNN affiliate KCRA, said many in the room, including him, found the gesture offensive.
"I was shocked and appalled that she would make the disparaging comments about Native Americans that way," he said. "It's just very undemocratic." Asked about the gesture Harris said: "I don't know what to say to that," she laughed, "except that...that's shocking. That's shocking." Back in 2010 too Sanchez, who has been a House member since 1997, let loose on Spanish-language TV that the Vietnamese community was teaming up with Republicans to take her congressional seat. She called her opponent, Republican Van Tran, "very anti-immigrant and very anti-Hispanic," the Sacramento Bee reported. Tran called the comments racist. A decade earlier, Sanchez arranged for a fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion, and fellow Democrats were displeased with the potentially sexist scenery, it said.