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. Ryan in MN

    I guess I'll never get to be anything. I'm a white male.

    May 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. tony

    Fat, racist white man – please shut the hell up! Everyone I know is sick and tired of hearing this drug abusing gas bag. I keep praying to God that he has a heart attack that kills him soon!

    May 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. mmmathew

    Hooray for Limbaugh. Saying how it is.

    May 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. waterboard limbaugh!

    common case of the Pot calling the Kettle racist.

    May 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. virginia for obama

    Yeah! FATSO!!! you would know about being a racist.

    May 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Dan, TX

    Oh yes, she is your worst nightmare Rush. LOL.

    May 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Bruno Spickermann

    Here he goes again, Rush at his finest. Does he not get it? Kritik is Ok, but that kind of mudslinging is not fitting any american radio host. Shame on you. You are not qualified to judge any appointment. Well, keep it up, the democrats will love you. A concerned citizen.

    May 26, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Marissa

    He's only hurting the GOP with his nonsense. Let him talk.

    May 26, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Doug

    Obviously, someone hid Rush's "prescription" drugs and he is on another temper tantrum. Why does he hate anything Obama does so much?

    May 26, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Cooper

    Wow...she's being called a "racist" and it hasn't been 24 hours! And "She's not the brain.." even after making it through Princeton and Yale Law School. I'm feeling bad for this woman already. All because she is Latina, certain people automatically think she could not possibly be qualified.

    May 26, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. everthing old is newt again

    thanks to rush for giving us the benefit of his legal training.

    May 26, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Not Surprised

    I'm flabbergasted that anyone actually takes this man seriously.

    May 26, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. BOB

    Only a fat, white, drugged up gasbag would call Sotomayor a racist.

    May 26, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Chris

    I'm a Libertarian – but really – why does anyone listen to RL?? The man is nothing but destructive the the Republican Party, except those at the far extreme and they aren't getting elected in today's environment. Since I hate the government to be in my wallet or my bedroom why do people listen to him? beats me.

    May 26, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Oliver

    Rush, give me one example of how Obama is a racist, in fact "the greatest examples of a 'reverse' racist," just one.

    May 26, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. rob

    is this guy really call someone a racist?????? Well you know what they say it takes one to know ONE

    May 26, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. amir

    if sotomayor and obama are "reverse racists," then what are you rush? im pretty sure you have been bashing minorities since you were birthed. open your eyes and realize that white supremacy is no longer the greatest thing in the world.

    ohh yea, also try a diet plan. that can help you out too so you wont have to take oxycotton to reduce the pain of looking at yourself in the mirror.

    May 26, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Dennis

    I agree with Limbaugh. If a white male nominee had promoted himself by saying that a " Wise white man with the richness of his experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a non-white woman who hasn't lived that life." , I imagine liberals would, justifiably, be very vocal in their condemnation of that statement.

    May 26, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Dawn

    The only racist I see is Limbaugh. He needs to take his angry, hateful, anti-American remarks and slither under a stone.

    May 26, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. Hot Chick

    What will this moron actually agree with?

    May 26, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Don

    This is just more of the same anti everything crap that Lameballs spews forth.
    Who gives a fat rats butt what he thinks or says.

    Maybe his kidneys will fail or he will overdose his fat butt.

    May 26, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Bruno Spickermann

    You keep calling people liberals. Like some bad people, close to terrorists. Well, how about the statue of Liberty. Should we tear it down?

    May 26, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. cynthia

    rush – you are just trying to cause another stir – you remind me of the guy on the radio stirring up hatred in the movie "hotel rawanda"!!! i'm not saying you are racist but you are acting just like one! – you don't know the woman shut up for a second and learn her full background before you put your hatred out!

    May 26, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. kevin

    Wow. He dumb.

    May 26, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. wayne

    just stop giving this bonehead(limpburger) a voice..he has a radio show..if we wanted to hear the vitriol he has to spew to justify his paycheck..we can listen to it..

    apparently in rush's la-la land everyone but him is racist..

    May 26, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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