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

Limbaugh slams Sotomayor: 'Reverse racist'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. David

    Why does CNN give Lembaugh so much media play. Could it be that they are owned by the same company?

    May 26, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. The Broker.

    They will never stay in power anyways after 2012. Obama thinks he his building a defence wall around him. The Hispanics still don't trust African Americans. Because theyu are not Americans. Never have been. All they talk about their ancestry in Africa. Stupid because the tribes there don't like each other anyways.

    May 26, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Linda

    If anyone thinks for one second that this country doesn't have reverse racism, they are out of touch and complete fools!

    May 26, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Rushhole: A neo-con that apologizes frequently and has been butt-snorkeling Rush so much they have been completely enveloped by the vast void!

    Yes, the whale's blow hole is spouting again!

    May 26, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. Steve M

    Imagine that!! Archie Bunker....ahh I mean Rush Limbaugh, accusing someone of being racist, pot meet the kettle!!

    May 26, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Typical Republican

    This fat man pops pills at world breaking record speeds and is still able to speak crap with a straight face, and spends his free time in the boy's shower room (still don't know why though, but I bet it's for a really good cause, we just don't know what it is yet).

    He's my hero!

    May 26, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Sue from California

    Rush Limbaugh is a racist and he is biased against women. He is a horrible man. I can't figure out why people listen to him.

    May 26, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Max of Dallas

    Rush ought to know about racism....

    May 26, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. jim gillett

    rush will bury repubs if he keeps this up, i am a conservative, but he won, she is going to get in and alienating hispanics with this kind of talk will doom repubs

    May 26, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. The Marginalizer

    There you go Latin Americans. That is what Republicans think of you. The same thing that they think of Black Americans and Gay Americans. They think that you are 2nd Class Citizens.

    A "racist" and a "hack". That's a lot of slurs coming from a racist, drug addicted, cheated-on-his-wife PIG. Good bye GOP we will not miss you.

    In case you ever doubted it...GOP stands for Good Old Prejudice.

    May 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. KIM IN TX

    As usual Rush is an idiot. Why do you all even waist your time posting such nonsence.

    May 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Typical Republican

    My Hero said: "Obama is the greatest living example of a reverse racist,"

    Yea, Obama's white half really hates his black half! His white half is a cool KKK guy though! I think his black half beat his white mother up though....we need to hang him, just his black half though!

    May 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. Angie

    quick someome give limpball another oxycontin so he will to back to sleep. its been real nice NOT hearing from that idiot drug addict. he's one of the biggest racist around today. LOL

    May 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Pete

    It's always fascinating to see Republicans loudly insisting that they themselves aren't racist while simultaneously portraying any non-white person in a position of authority as lazy, unintelligent, a quota pick, or an affirmative action case. I honestly don't think they realize how much they do it.

    May 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Mac

    Shut Up Rush Please.. Noone wants to hear what you are talking!!!

    May 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Aprica

    Keep it up Rush. That's the way to broaden the Republican's appeal, by referring to Judge Sotomayer, a jurist with an impeccable academic record and broad judicial experience as a "affirmative action case extraordinaire."

    May 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Billy

    Limbaugh is just an evil person. How can anyone side with him?

    May 26, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Republicans are the American Taliban

    More hate from Tokyo Rose....

    May 26, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. joeb

    That's rich; Rush Limbaugh calling someone a "racist " and a "hack"!

    May 26, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. bob

    and once again, Rush just spews more hate. please go away.

    May 26, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. dan

    Finally. Something Lush Limbarf is actually qualified to comment about. Being a racist. I wonder if Lush realizes that she was describing him in that speech?

    May 26, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. cbc

    Obama could nominate the archangel Gabriel to Supreme Court and Limbaugh would be spitting and fuming and spewing invective. Limbaugh is not stupid – he knows his business is best when the poorly educated and/or mentally ill folks who are his listeners are all riled up.

    May 26, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    Why would loud mouth Rush look at anything in context. He does let little things like facts get in the way of his hate speech.
    I read the statement he is talking about and in context she is saying it with humor in 2001.
    Limbaugh is so predictable. One thought does not indicate the total person she is. Of course Limbaugh know this and his idea of reverse racism is as simple minded as he is.

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

    EVERYTHING is about race for racists like Limbaugh.

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

    Why do you continue to print the rantings of that fat, drug-addled windbag?

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