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. John B

    Rush's ratings must be down.

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

    She makes racist comments just like Eric Holder. That must mean they are racists since that is what the liberals would say if a Republican said the same thing. Liberals = Hypocrites

    May 26, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. z

    Limpballs is a racist or you could label him a domestic terrorist. Since he is a terrorist....let's send him to Gitmo and water board him and see if he is telling the truth and if he is truely THE HEAD of the GOP....LOL

    Made send Dick Cheney too....since water boarding is OK to get to the truth from people....Dick....there were no WMDs.....right.....

    May 26, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Paul

    Apparently the King of Blowhards didn't get the memo from Steele.

    How this pain-pill addicted, Viagra smuggling moron still has an audience I'll never understand.

    May 26, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. michael s.

    I just double checked on the definition of "demagogue" – man, this guy fits it to a tee...I know he gets paid a lot to say these things, but does he really believe any of it? he's got to be smarter than that....

    May 26, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. julian

    What irony; identity politics has deprived the democrats of getting a powerhouse in the stature of Anthony Scalia like William Brennan or Cass Sunstein. She will be a disappointment for the left.

    May 26, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Bob (Illinois)

    Why does ANYONE pay attention to Lush Limbaugh? He is a trash-talking dirtbag of an "entertainer'!

    May 26, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. kathy lattanzi

    Rush you are such an entertainer!! you just make me chuckle. Reverse racist ! you crack me up! they broke the mold with you my friend... or did they?? see you at the next white supremist meeting!

    May 26, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. big daddy

    why don't you go die already rush you bozo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. republicans hate america

    and Limbaugh is what?

    May 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    Okay Limbaugh,

    You got 20 million "dittoheads" We got 59 Senators (come on Al we need ya). I hate to quote W but here goes "Bring it on"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Antonio

    Well it's nice to hear the GOP's resident expert on racism pipe up with his opinion.

    May 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. jt

    Obviously Rush is not familiar with the phrase "the pot calling the kettle black".

    May 26, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. laxdad2134

    LMAO. The moron Limbaugh is good for a laugh every day of the year. What a clown. If she was a racist, she'd fit right in with his ilk. Surprising he even tries to use that term as derogatory, he usually revels in it's glorious nature.

    May 26, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. jasmine

    That's a true statement.. It has been proven that menmake more that women for years..Why is Stomayor's comments racist???

    May 26, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. RLG

    The only "racist and hack" (direct quote from Rush) here is Rush Limbaugh!

    May 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. B Rutschke

    Will SOMEBODY PLEASE pop this red, swollen, pus-filled zit off the back of America?

    May 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. Victory Gin

    "She's not the brain that they're portraying her to be. She's not a constitutional jurist"

    Hey numbnutz, you're not the brain you think YOU are! Furthermore, you wouldn't know a constitutional jurist if one came up and bit you in your fat, drugged out hind end.

    Lay down and be quiet, pill head. The less we (meaning the rest of the world) hears from you the better off we all will be.

    May 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. Lee in TN

    Limbaugh is worried about bending the law?? He was fully for bending the law when the republican dominated Supreme Court publically stole the 2000 election. One of the sleaziest acts in American history, fully endorsed by this quack,

    May 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. annie s

    Rush is a hoot. I guess everyone who isn't a white conservative Republican male is a reverse racist. Personally, I'm a reverse-Rushist. I'm for everyone and everything he's against.

    May 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. ethandy

    Thank you, CNN. Keep his mug front and center for the GOP. Limbaugh...the gift that keeps on giving.

    May 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Oregon

    has Limbaugh taken up (very bad) comedy?? If he wants to see the quintessential "racist" and "hack" – all he has to do is step in front of the mirror.

    May 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. amherst girl

    Go away, Rush....no thinking person cares what you think

    May 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Hawaii gal

    Big suprise, Limbaugh does not like Obama's pick for Supreme Court. If anyone is racist, it is Limbaugh himself. You can add to Limbaugh's list of traits that he is hates women too. The guy is a jerk and a hypocrite.

    May 26, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. Andy

    hahaha Rush Limbaugh calling anyone a racist is funny.

    May 26, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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