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. Brent

    When is CNN going to stop printing the garbage that comes out of this pigs mouth? What has he ever done to give him any credibility about anything? He is a joke!

    May 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. gary

    Who cares what Limbaugh thinks? The toad has had more than his 15 minutes of fame. It's time to move on.

    May 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Mr. Burrito

    I sincerely hope the right wing republicans follow rush right over the cliff on this one. buh bye now.....

    May 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Ren from Baltimore

    I hereby nominate Rush Limbaugh to every office in the land of the lost.

    May 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. JB

    Is that the best Limbaugh can come up with ?!?

    May 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. sue

    Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black!

    You can lead this guy to water, but you can't make him THINK!

    May 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Mark

    Limboob as usual is projecting his own racism onto the nominee. Limboob is quickly becoming the democrats best friend because of his bombastic lies.. It obviously has not occurred to him how he and the rethuglican party are going the way of the Whig party.

    May 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Pat

    Though I thought this was impossible,
    Limnaugh has just hit a new low.

    May 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Darren, Boca Raton

    Really. He really called both her and Obama reverse racists.

    Is this what the GOP is now? You can't have a debate of ideas, you can't have intelligent opposition. All you can do is sling mud and come up with comments like that?

    It is more than pathetic it is disgusting.

    May 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Jango Davis

    Wow, Rush Limbo, he's gone off the deep end. I think if he believes that he's going to convince anyone Sotomayor is a racist he's lost in space. As a white male I haven't seen anything in her record or even that statement that even hints of racism. I doubt Rush can even define racism.

    Every time he speaks he just drives the far-right right off the landscape for the next election cycle....thank you Rush!

    May 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. Sandra

    Keep talking, Rush. You do wonders for driving people to the middle!

    May 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. VAisforLovers

    When will this man stop with his divisive rants?! And why does the MSM give him so much attention? It's only feeding into his nonsense.

    May 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. bert

    I would love to see Rush get sued for libel.

    May 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Pegwin

    One thing Rush knows all about is certainly racism. He's a prime example of it in living color.

    May 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. neural

    Rush is 100% on-target. If you are tired of reverse-racism and political correctness diminishing the hopes for your children, then it's time to RISE UP.

    May 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. stan

    A classic case of the pot calling the kettle a pot.

    May 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. Renee Clark

    Here is the pot calling the skillet black.

    May 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Meritocrat

    There you have it; Rush the the local ACLU – here's their number: 866-516-0825. Let’s altogether now ignore this supreme misogynistic bigot…

    May 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. az voter

    Is racism fast becoming the new Republican Bogyman? Do we need protection, or does that depend on what spectrum we cast on life's color wheel? Have some become so use to doing it to others that they fear. Rush and the rest of his right wing crowd should rather fear their loss of relevance.

    May 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. imagination

    It's pretty funny if you imagine uncovering a KKK hook and see either Limbaugh or Sotomayor.

    May 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. Sherry Spivey

    OMG!!!! He can talk. If ever there was a racist (that does not try to hide it), it's this guy. How dare he. Does he think he is the only one that can speak what is on his mind, even if it is not politically correct? OH, I get it, in his case, it's called "commentary". Get a life Rush...stop poppin pills and thank God you can hear.

    You have enough to concentrate on without bashing anyone!!!

    May 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Bob Wolters

    Limbaugh is a far right wing radio host who was/is addicted to pain killers which were purchased in less than admirable ways. Why anybody listens to him is beyond me. Please give this woman a chance.

    May 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. Skyview

    Rush Limbaugh is a drug addict with a wet brain, and his opinions about anything are taken with a grain of salt by all who consider themselves reasonable. His comments and opinions add absolutely nothing to our public dialogue, and I am looking forward to the day when voices like his will be broadly dissed for the poppycock they spew.

    May 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Mikey

    Bite me, Rush.

    May 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. Sandy

    Ah the Chunky Junkie strikes again.

    May 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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