May 26th, 2009
08:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Limbaugh slams Sotomayor: 'Reverse racist'

 Limbaugh is going after Sonia Sotomayor.
Limbaugh is going after Sonia Sotomayor.

(CNN) - While Republicans on Capitol Hill appear to be adopting a wait-and-see approach with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is taking direct aim at President Obama's choice for the high court.

Calling Sotomayor a "racist" and a "hack" on his radio show Tuesday, Limbaugh took particular issue with a 2001 speech at Berkeley during which she stated a "wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

"Here you have a racist – you might want to soften that, and you might want to say a reverse racist," Limbaugh said of that comment.

"And the [liberals] of course say that minorities cannot be racists because they don't have the power to implement their racism," he continued. "Well, those days are gone because reverse racists certainly do have the power to implement their power. Obama is the greatest living example of a reverse racist, and now he's appointed one."

"She's not the brain that they're portraying her to be. She's not a constitutional jurist," Limbaugh also said, referencing a New Republic article last month in which Jeffrey Rosen, the magazines legal affairs editor, wrote that "her opinions, although competent, are viewed by former prosecutors as not especially clean or tight, and sometimes miss the forest for the trees."

"She is an affirmative action case extraordinaire, and she has put down white men in favor of Latina women," Limbaugh said.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs defended Sotomayor's Berkeley comments Tuesday. "If you look at the context of the longer speech that she makes, I think what she says is very much common sense in terms of different experiences, different people," he said.


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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. jotan

    Rush, Hitler, Cheney.....

    May 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Ethan

    Hey Rush,
    Shut up.

    Regards,
    The Free World

    May 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. Michael Quinn

    Rush Limbaugh calling someone a racist is on par with Hitler calling someone anti-semetic.

    May 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. PeoriaGuy

    Ms. Sotomayor, however, has never been addicted to Oxycontin, and never once forced her housekeeper to buy illegal drugs of any kind.

    May 26, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. ken

    I think Rush is a racist himself and a bigot. He hates everyone who does not look like himself and covers it up with his anti-liberal talk. I hope this hate spewing shock jock is banned from air for his venomous tirades against minorities.

    May 26, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Erik

    Rush's druggie clown act has forgotten that notable republicans voted to confirm Sotomayor's last appointment in 1998 and some of them weren't 'moderates'. Jesse Helms, John Warner, Richard Lugar, Orrin Hatch, D'Amato to name a few. Just about half of the repubs in the Senate voted to confirm.

    But I forget Limbaugh is center stage in a failing circus act.

    May 26, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. ALASS

    What an idiot for a leading Republican spokesman!! That's what you get when you barely finish high school. Just like Sean Hannity and Glen Beck. Oh, and Karl Rove.

    May 26, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. SGJ

    When I was a kid, my mother use to tell me to ignore people who were nothing but trouble or the loud mouth.

    I would say that even the best thing the republican [moderates] can do is just ignore him

    May 26, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. Yep

    Well, he's right.

    Just depends on whether you look at the factual facts, or the media filter / cleaned up 'facts'.

    Her story isn't even that wonderful.. funny how you never hear of the whites coming from the identical backgrouds: poor, single parent family, the College... nope – if you're white, you're not news. And I thought whites were racists?

    May 26, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. ian

    Before pitching in with praise or outrage, remember that Limbaugh is financially invested in stirring controversy.

    May 26, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Not a white man

    Why do you continue to publish what Rush Limbaugh says.? Please stop.

    May 26, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Dr. Collins

    Rush Limbaugh is a joke to accuse someone of being racist. I quess the oxycotin interferes with his memory and allows him to forget any words that have come out of his own mouth. I wish he would do the country a favor and disappear.

    May 26, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Andrea

    Perhaps Limbaugh could join Cheney and Rove at a health spa...or just go away.

    May 26, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Peter

    Rush, let's speak plainly. You are a racist and a liar. You are a fat Goebbels. Remember him?

    May 26, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Unless Limbaugh is being misquoted by CNN, he has not demonstrated how she is actually a racist. This is not surprising, since he never backs his rants with anything factual. Well, he says things are facts but on even upon the most minimal inspection he's blatantly incorrect about those "facts." It's also not uncommon that he out and out lies.

    May 26, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. AmFem

    I think it's wonderful that Rush has sooooooo much attention every time he opens his cavernous mouth. Whatever ridiculous comments spew from this guy seems to be news, which just proves, over and over, that he is the voice and leader of the Republican party. Ooops, is someone now going to berate me into apologizing to him?

    May 26, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. bruce

    Isn't the world getting a little small in Limbaugh's mirrors. He is so far removed from what is fair and appropriate that I am not certain that even one of the Apostles would or could satisfy him. If anyone is a hack it's Limbaugh: I thought America was about given people opportunities and places to grow BUT I guess Limbaugh thinks that these truths should only be for him and his hacks. No wonder the USA is in trouble!

    May 26, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Limbaugh is a joke...The republicans needs a new voice because this is just a sad thing to witness.

    May 26, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. justin

    Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black

    May 26, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. LouAz

    If Pres Obama nominated Jesus Christ to the Supreme Court, it would still not satisfy King Limbaugh, and I'm sure King Limbaugh would make a negative issue of Christ being a Jew.

    May 26, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. Sean

    This guy is a nut. Period.

    May 26, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. Juror1

    Rush does nothing good but spew hatred himself. What a hack. It's easy to sit back and try to degrade someone, but where weere your suggestions. You are such a big fat, pill popping, bigot.

    May 26, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. ed lopat

    A "racist" and a "hack" is he talking about himself?

    May 26, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Mike

    What a drug-addicted addled fool!

    May 26, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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