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. Joe

    Does anyone take Rush Limbaugh seriously? The guy is a clown at best and pure evil at worst. You decide.


    May 26, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. David in NC

    It seems that any minority who achieves any sort of power must be a racist, socialist, or communist. Get your head out of your rear Rush. Finally the United States is making strides to be a true democracy, representing all.

    May 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Markeis from Omaha, NE

    How nice, a racist calling someone else racist.

    May 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. tired

    If Sotomayor's comment is reverse racism, then Limbaugh's daily comments are direct racism rallies.

    May 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Colorado

    Why is the man constantly given a forum to spew his hatred?

    May 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. don kraus

    Limbaugh is the Biggest Bigot of them all... and the biggest coward. Hiding behind Free Speech and Freedom of the Press, he's insulting our President, our citizens and our nation. I can not think of anyone more despicable than this overblown mouthpiece for the antiquated and delapidated "values" of the GOP.

    May 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Even if she is confirmed, as is likely, the Supreme Court is clearly moving toward Chief Justice Roberts' view that "the best way to end discrimination is to end discrimination." Reverse racism aside, that view seems eminently fair in today's society.

    May 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. LeMalin

    Mr. Limbaugh does not deserve a comment from a sane person.

    May 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. dreamer

    And who is supprised by this?

    May 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Amanda

    WOW! He is still hungry fo fame. Spitting out ridiculous remarks for attention. So sad.

    May 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. MrRex

    Soo sad...this man and his view of the world.

    May 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Little Bitty

    Rush seems like such an unhappy man. It must be difficult to be so miserable and look for the negativity in everyone. His pessimistic attitude appears to be a reflection of how he feels about himself. Very sad...

    May 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. John M in NoHo CA

    His knee-jerk propaganda is absolutely amazing.

    May 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Mark V

    Rush Limbaugh is the greatest living example of a political idiot.

    May 26, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. dee

    Will someone please stick a Krispy Kreme store in his mouth!!!

    May 26, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. Ray Fisher

    Rush just proves himself more irrelevant with every utterance, America has much more to think about than his whining!!! Build a better political party before you speak dumbo!!!

    May 26, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. bing

    Wow, is all i can say.

    May 26, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. suzie

    Will that lard butt ever shut his fithy mouth? biggest loser on earth and he says things like that. he has been a racist all his life and he is a pathetic joke~~~

    May 26, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Steve

    Way to go Rush! Tell it like it is!

    May 26, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Chandra

    Enough already with this man , he is a menace and a ranting lunatic , and yes , I am a Republican.

    May 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. GaryNOVA

    With this election I have seen so much racism come out of the wood work, whether it be my place or work, worship or even my own family. I've voted with the GOP all my life until last year. Until the GOP stops pandering to this small percentage of people, I can't bring myself to vote conservative anymore.

    May 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. James

    Limbaugh is a loud, out of touch lunatic. It is common sense that a Latina woman with those unique experiences would often make a better decision than a white without those experiences. Along that logic, equally qualified white man would make just as good a decision. Limbaugh should be careful just labeling people racist when it is not founded. She is as racist as he is skinny.

    May 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Ed from Wisconisn

    This scum bag Limbaugh has the nerve to call someone a racist, he is the biggest bigot and anti-American in the U.S. In addition, he’s probably the grandmaster of the KKK for all we know. I mean Wow, what a loser why hasn’t someone taken care of Rush Limbaugh for good??

    May 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. craig upland

    Por Rush and the Repubs have lost it...

    May 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. Paco

    We've learned from the best, Rush.

    May 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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