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. Jason Lameiras

    Limbaugh.... Wasn't his 15 minutes up a few decades ago. He's just upset that this is one Hispanic woman that he can not bully into buying his drugs.

    May 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Dloo

    lets hope she uses the power of her reverse racism to arrest Limbaugh for being an obese draft dodging cowardly gasbag

    May 26, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Ricky

    Why does CNN keep posting this jokers quotes. He is not news worthy. Tell me when he has a heart attack and dies, that will be news.

    May 26, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Frank

    Wow Rush has a problem with her?! Shocking!

    May 26, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. V - Denver

    Well, Obviously....if Rush has a problem with her then in all reality, she's probably a pretty good canidate. If anyone does the opposite of what the Oxy King says, it is probably the right thing to do.

    Get this idiot off the airwaves!

    May 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Monique

    Rush..Go sit down some where and pick yourself another battle to fight. It dosen't matter what you say just know that your words doesn't even resonate with the American people any more. You are a sad individual to be so divisive. Your comments are hyperbolized!!

    May 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. thomas johnson

    what is wrong with this guy? he calls her a hack, but never said anything when bush nominated his cleaning lady. that in my opinion is a hypocrite!!!!!

    May 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. KizzyMae

    How can people listen to him rant all day long. I am so tired of this man. If anyone knows about racism, he sure does.

    May 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Angelus

    "rascist"......who was the one a couple of years back that made a comment on national television about Black quarterbacks in the NFL??? fired and then blamed the comment on drugs that he was taking......Rush is one that shouldn't be throwing rocks.

    May 26, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. BIll Omartz

    Well, taken into account Limbaugh's negative comments it is obvious that Ms. Sotomayor must be outstanding!!!!


    May 26, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. katn

    Rush Limbaugh has some nerve calling anyone else racist. He is the classic white southern bigot. He reflexively denigrates anyone who is not white.
    I well remember his baseless attacks on Donovan McNabb, among others.

    May 26, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Franky

    Well Done Limbaugh! He is the most effective democrat of our times!

    May 26, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. The cali guy

    I for one love Rush's comments.. please please please make more like that! The fastest growing voting block in the USA and you just gave them all to the democrats! Wonderful job! You are the best spokesman the Democrats have ever had.. Please find MORE groups to alienate so they will vote Democratic for life too!

    May 26, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. Carol

    So Limbaugh knows what a Latino woman knows, in respect to how she has lived her life? He takes this as an affront to his superior white mans understanding of everything in the Universe? He's really quite funny. The new Judge to be just told the truth and he found that as racist and a put down to a white man? He must walk around feeling abused all the time.

    May 26, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Unconvinced

    This last election I concluded that I am an independent after years of considering myself a democrat. And as confindent as I am with that decision, I can not help but laugh at Rush and company and consider the harm he is doing to practical, effective, and productive members of the Republican party.

    May 26, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hi Rush! That's just hilarious! Don't let those slander and defamation laws stop you from making a total fool of yourself.

    And he called the president a racist too!

    Perfect! Day one of the nomination, and Limbaugh makes it impossible not to confirm her!

    I swear Limbaugh is actually a liberal who is intentionally sabotaging the Republicans.

    May 26, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. Libra Girl

    What a gasbag! Keep it up Rush, you are doing all liberals a huge favor by portraying your party as such a divisive and whiny group. Good luck in increasing the base any time soon. Why don't you sign off and go quietly into the sunset?

    May 26, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. Happylady

    We all have such high regard for Rush's opinion ...NOT

    May 26, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. Peter

    Who will tell this old fat snob to shut -up! he sits on $38m contract while preaching divisive hatred!! everytime you open your mouth 20 young minds defects to the Democrates!. Rush are you stll using drugs or what do you use?

    May 26, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  20. Ed_Vet

    That's it! I'm done with him

    May 26, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Lee

    I just can't stand Rush anymore...What a simple mind. The Republicans are lost for at least another 8 years.

    May 26, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Robert

    While it sickens me to defend Limbaugh, he is rightfully indignant at Judge Sotomayor's comment.

    Imagine the reaction had any white male appointee stated he is qualified because a "wise white male with the richness of his experience would more often reach a better conclusion than a black female who hasn't lived this life."

    In short, she is stipulating that she is better qualified for judicial office than a white male on sole account of her ethnicity. That is prima facie racist, and racism on the Supreme Court can simply not be justified in any form.

    May 26, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. dave

    What Rush said was that i you substitute "wise latino women" for "wise white man" it would surely be seen as racist.

    May 26, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Sam7_OR

    Mr. Limbaugh has always been (and will always be) a racist/sexist pig! ... Ops, I think I just insulted the poor pig by associating him with Rush...

    May 26, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Dick

    Limbaugh is an idiot....always has been and always will be!!!!

    May 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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