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. Angelina

    Does Rush Limbaugh have a JD degree or even a High School GED?
    I'll bet not, but he has a degree from the College of Loud Mouth Idiots!
    And, BTW, it is not yet accredited.

    May 26, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. zen guerrilla

    fat boy opens his mouth and spews more bile... what a surprise.

    May 26, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Bridget

    White Man Limbaugh feels threatened. Call the waaaahmbulance.

    May 26, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Melanie

    Rush Limbaugh is an idiot for saying President Obama and his pick for the Supreme Court are racists.

    May 26, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Jayden,FL

    Limbaugh is an idiot... go OD on some pills

    May 26, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. GOPbslapper

    Your 15 minutes are up fat boy. Nobody cares what you think except 50% of a rapidly, disappearing party. You're Jim Jones preaching to the kooks who drink your koolaide!

    May 26, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. S Callahan

    By golly, I would think you would whole heartly support her...isn't this the group you pander too....anything to keep the ratings up. Pitaful!

    May 26, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Darryl

    Keep talking Rush...keep talking...

    It's the lunatic, oxycotin-ridden, head of the Republican Party doing what he does best...

    "I hope the country fails...I hope his kidneys fail."

    Truer words were never before spoken...

    May 26, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. David Evan

    Why is political criticism so predictable from this man that you can script it before he even opens his mouth?

    May 26, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Michael

    Rush Limbaugh and his ilk soil this country.......they are anything but American.

    May 26, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. Proud American

    This guy is a total Moron.

    May 26, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. PeoriaGuy

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

    May 26, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Michael Anthony

    If she is not a constitutional jurist, then why have only 3 of her rulings that she participated in, been overturned by the Supreme Court? And those were overturned on technicalities. Rush is WAY off base, but then again, what is new?

    May 26, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. D

    Well ain't that the pot calling the kettle...whatever! Go on and be your old gassy self, Rush!

    May 26, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. Jim Kear

    It's obvious, Rush is still affected by the drugs.

    May 26, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. jim

    (yawn)

    more republican sensationalizing.

    if they actually had a legitimate argument, they wouldn't have to resort to such obvious idiocy.

    May 26, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. ron

    He should know one if he sees one.

    I went to college in his hometown, worked at a resturant that his brother and some of his freinds owned. You should have heard the way they talked after hours, disgraceful.

    Are all Republicans racists?

    May 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. ooooh, you men

    Rush needs a hug. A long homoerotic hug. Hmmmmmm -mmmmm what a bear!

    May 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Declan

    What a tool Limbaugh is. He's nothing more than seepage in a suit. Have another donut, you fat pig.

    May 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Kyle from Michigan

    Hey Rush, Sonia graduated from two Ivies...where did you go to college?

    May 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Illinoistom

    Really, CNN, what is your obsession with Rush? His listeners already know what he said, and I suppose your few viewers could care less.

    May 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Bill

    Do Rush's cigars irritate his anal cyst?

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

    Can we PLEASE stop reporting what this guy says like it's news!!!! ... Everything he says is for entertainment purposes. And Rush calling ANYONE a racists is the best example of the pot calling the kettle black.

    May 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. E STEAWA

    Sotomayor a racist? That's the pot calling the kettle black.

    Limbaugh will be judged for what he is, as will she.

    May 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. ReMiWa

    For the life of my I can not understand why anyone would waste their time listening to this idiot!

    May 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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