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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  1. Alex

    I'd be inclined to agree with Rush. That can easily be proven in the case where several white fire fighters passed a test and got promoted but no African-Americans or whoever so she ruled the test invalid because in her eyes it's just not possible that some fire fighters didn't get promotions simply because they weren't good enough yet to be promoted. So yeah I'd consider her a hack.

    May 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Sick of Dirty Obama

    He's right about her latino bias comments.

    How can someone who is charged with administering blind justice have a point of view that one ethnic minority is superior to other ethnicities??????

    This point of view has NO PLACE in the courtroom

    May 26, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Norm

    Did he call Obama a racist also? Of course no goes to Limbaugh for reasoned, intelligent discussion, but that seems a bit crazy.

    May 26, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Joanna

    This man's show should have a disclaimer at the start and finish saying" the following commentary is fictional and has no bases in actual reality" .

    May 26, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. gerry

    Keep up the rhetoric Rush baby, every time you speak 50,000 more Latin voters walk from the gop forever.

    May 26, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. JC

    why is what Limbaugh thinks even reported? he has discredited himself many times over and proven himself a liar and a hypocrite…i wish more people would think for themselves instead of becoming rush dittoheads…this man is in it for his own ego…wake up dittoheads!

    May 26, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. kamel

    OMG is this guy for real?!

    May 26, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. NYC WILL

    If the media stops giving Rush Limbaugh attention, maybe he'll just go away.

    May 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Joe Skeen

    Let the Republican smear machine begin. From what I have read of Justice-Designate Sotomayor she has a rich body of legal knowledge and a strong history as competent if not outstanding lawyer and judge. Why CNN would give Limbaugh a platform on their website and airwaves of the Presidents first Supreme Court nominee boggles the mind. But, since the information is here, it begs to be commented on and I am certainly glad that Limbaugh is spouting his nonsensical jibberish. After all, it is his commentaries that keep this country looking at the Republican Party with disdain and disgust. Please, Mr. Limbaugh, keep it up. We Democrats enjoy having you on the side of the Republicans.

    May 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Fairfax Patriot

    You go Rush!!

    Let's hear more intellectual insights from you.

    Can't get enough of this baffoon...

    May 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Craig

    Go ahead Rush, everytime you open your mouth you rack up more points for Obama and pelosi.

    May 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Neilz

    Oh! My goodness! I feel so threatened. And a "reverse" racist, too. How insidious. It's as scary as, well, ......Rush reading.

    May 26, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Patrick

    There goes Rush, a plain old regular racist, projecting again.

    May 26, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. ME IN FL

    Look who is talking about racism!! Rush for once an for all shut up we do not need comments from a drunk pill popper.

    May 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Rich

    Reverse racism is a stupid, stupid term that is contradictory.

    May 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Kevin

    How dare he say this about this woman? She had a hard life and made something of herself. I am happy with this choice.

    May 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. Tsaicho

    ironic words coming out of Limbaugh's mouth, since he was the same "hack" and "racist" who claimed the liberal media was the one portraying Donovan McNabb's success

    May 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. dave

    I find it hard to believe anyone believes Limbaugh is genuinely offended by this woman's alleged racism.

    May 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Karl in SLC

    Hey Rush, STFU, you are insignificant. I really wish CNN would stop posting his crazy views on anything.

    The 'affirmative action' BS label that Rush and his robots parrot around describing Obama were already old and inappropriate. Now tub 'o' lard oxycontin Rush is using it on Sotomayor too.

    May 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. Delano

    Thanks RUSH! Keep up the great work! You are making it easier and easier to see another Dem blowout in 2010.

    May 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. danny

    why does CNN keep posting what a talk show host says in the political news section. hes not important, hes an entertainer.

    May 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Rush

    Rush! You idiot

    May 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Lynne - Seattle

    I had major thoughts after reading this artical

    Rush is such an angry unhappy person...Therapy - and lots of it!

    Obama could have picked a Republican and Rush would have found fault with them simply because of who picked them

    if I were a big wig in the republican party (or any everyday type member) I would be embarrassed that he says he represents the party!

    May 26, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. tj

    He is the one that is promoting reverse racist. he sound like a fool

    May 26, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. joey from san diego

    Just when I thought I didn't like Rush Limbaugh anymore.

    You just made yourself a fan!!

    We are losing our country to illegal immigrants.

    May 26, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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