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. HP

    And....No boby cares about what this drugs pusher is saying anymore but his 20 millions repub cons. I would advise him to give this country a chance if they want to relevent some other times.

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

    Ah, Rush is quick off the mark. Open mouth, insert stupid.

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

    Aw, gee. So now Limburger thinks Sotomayer is a "racist."
    Why am I not surprised?

    May 26, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Robert Lamoureux

    Rush has just shown his ignorance of racism. There is no such thing as 'reverse' racism. Who in the United States is strong enough to stop and shut up stupid people like Rush.

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

    Yeah Rush, just what America needs – another rich, white guy on the Supreme Court.

    I love watching the GOP foam at the mouth on this nomination. A woman and a Hispanic! How dare they? The liberal scum!

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

    I would love to see a muzzle used on this individual. However, I suspect that it would be difficult to find one that is large enough.

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

    One more comment. Why is Robert Gibbs defending her against comment made by Lush. He should have just said something like "What Rush Limbaugh thinks doesn't concern us."

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

    Wow. Just typical reckless invective from the greatest hypocrite that we have in the public spotlight right now. For someone like Mr. Limbaugh to call someone a racist is almost laughable considering some of the things he has said over the years.

    May 26, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. drae150

    I look forward to the day when NOBODY cares enough about limbaugh to even waste time printing what the old windbag has to say

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

    The predominant HACK calling another a "hack". Just stop listening to him!!

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

    Ahhh Rush you make life so interesting with your ignorance. No wonder your show is such a hit. Your probably the most racist person on the planet along with Hannity. But I have to hand it to you, you are a smart business man and know how to ge those ratings.

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

    The only racist I'm aware of is Limbaugh. Why must we be subjected to this MORON at every turn? Come on CNN... take the lead. Leave this guys comments to his radio show, and maybe the rest of the media will follow suit!

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

    Limburger Limbaugh speaks his (lack of) mind once again...

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

    Just because she's successful he automatically assumes she's a product of affirmative action laws? Wow. And they wonder why the left is always calling people like him racists.....

    May 26, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Aspen Professor

    Hmmmm??? And Limbaugh is an expert on the choice of Supreme Court Judges?

    Bet he didn't voice his usual assine opinion when good ole Bushy and Dicky were handed the Presidency over the vote of the majority of American voters.

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

    Well, I don't know if Sotomayer is a racist or not. But, I am very HAPPY to learn that the Supreme Court of California upheld traditional marriage this morning! Christians around America can rejoice at this very welcome news!

    I just wish that the court would have outlawed those earlier same sex marriages that had taken place before Proposition 8.

    Thank you LORD, and please continue to grant mercy to the USA!

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

    Why does the media keep giving this lunatic air time?

    May 26, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. B in Texas

    Why do we care what Rush Limbaugh, a self-described entertainer on a fictitious EIB network, has to say about anything? I really want someone to explain that to me. Just because he is on the radio doesn't mean that he has credibility nor does it mean that his opinion is any more valid than anyone else's.

    In other words, WHO CARES?

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

    Rush, needs to go sit in the corner somewhere... Open mouth insert foot every single time.

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

    It takes one to know one. When will the media stop commenting on what “loud mouth” has to say? He’s a nobody. The only talent he has is to belittle people to make the media publicize it. Why does CNN continue to be the platform for his foolishness?

    May 26, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. jackson smith

    Seriously, why do people care what this hack has to say? He has no position, or business, in politics. If you want to comment politically and attempt to influence policy and peoples' decisions, Rush, run for office. Otherwise, do us all a favor and shut up.

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

    This Limbaugh guy is a joker. Whatever came out from his mouth are jokes after jokes

    May 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Eddie M.

    So now the President is a reverse racist too? I can't wait till 2010 when we see what a Rush-led GOP party leads to...

    ...more lost seats to Dems & Independents.

    May 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. Mad Dog

    I am a Moderate and I am appalled as usual by the leader de facto of the GOP.

    If the true GOP doesn't come out and rebuff Slimeball's remarks, then they are truly gutless.

    Now, let's hear more from Sean, Newt, and Karl....more hatred...more venom......more pandering....more divisiveness.

    Wow......I guess the GOP did not get the word they LOST the last election and all this comes across as "bad losers".

    How about a quick up and down vote like the GOP used to clamor for.

    May 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Steve, New York City

    Does Limbaugh simply "thrive" on his own stupidity?
    Maybe he, Cheney and Rove can do a modern (seriously OVERWEIGHT) version of the Three Stooges (except, rather than being funny, they could encourage outright hatred of anyone who is not to the far right).

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