May 27th, 2009
03:01 PM ET
8 years ago

Gingrich: Sotomayor 'racist,' should withdraw nomination

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/06/art.newt.jpg caption="Gingrich tweeted that Sotomayor is a 'latina woman racist.'"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rush Limbaugh isn't the only one calling Sonia Sotomayor a racist. Newt Gingrich is, too - and he's demanding that Obama's pick to the Supreme Court withdraw her nomination.

On Twitter, Gingrich pointed to a line in Sotomayor's 2001 speech to a Hispanic group in Berkeley that has drawn fire from some conservatives.

"I would hope that 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," Sotomayor said in that speech, describing how life experience can inform judicial opinions.

On Wednesday, Gingrich tweeted: "Imagine a judicial nominee said 'my experience as a white man makes me better than a latina woman.' new racism is no better than old racism."

Moments later, he followed up with the message: "White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs responded to Gingrich's criticism at Wednesday's briefing.

"I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they've decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation," Gibbs said.


Filed under: Newt Gingrich • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (341 Responses)
  1. Ekbaaaaaaal from NC

    maaaro maaaake loudon ko.....

    May 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. SLM

    Yeah, but she won't and all the Liberals on this board will attack Gingrich because that's all they know how to do....attack. For all you Liberals who don't understand, this article is about Sotomayor, not Gingrich. The message is clear, she is racist against whites and racism in any form should not be tolerated.

    May 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Darren

    How ironic that we have a rich, powerful, white man leveling the trite "racist" term upon a Latina woman who had to make her own way through the law profession, including making it through Princeton summa cum laude. Racism is institutional discrimination based on the color of one's skin. Please, Prof. Gingrich, explain how a Latina has ANY kind of instutional power to discriminate in our current national climate. Open mouth, insert foot, close mouth, keep talking.

    May 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. John in Ohio

    Ronald Reagan picked Sandra Day O'Connor because he made a campaign promise to choose a woman for the first Supreme Court vacancy that opened during his presidency.

    May 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Typical Republican

    "Gingrich: Sotomayor 'racist,' should withdraw nomination"

    Pot....Kettle.....Black (Newt, please don't hang the pot or kettle because it's black...and hope you enjoyed your white hooded party over the weekend! Tell dick I said Hi, and please tell him not to shoot me, or torture me)

    May 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. PL

    How predictable. It's not going to work this time, though. Nice try.

    May 27, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Skeeve

    When this comes from a tall, white, evangelical protestant male minority it sound incredibly funny.

    May 27, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Same Old White House

    I have to agree. However Senator Byrd shows us the democrats are not bothered by racism.

    May 27, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Ariana

    Let's not forget years of racism/sexism from white men that the rest of us have experienced. And she's not being racist, she's just saying, as a spanish woman, she has had many more experiences than a white male. And she has. It's amazing all the things minorities have to go through in this country and we barely complain. How would white men act if the situation were reversed?

    May 27, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Candy West Virginia

    WHy is cheyney become so vocal? Someone please tell him he is no longer ruining this country, and yes I meant to say ruining. He and gwb destroyed this country and now he knows what;s best for it????

    May 27, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. helen

    We have become SO worried about accomodating minorities, that we have forgotten to look for the BEST QUALIFIED.

    May 27, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Alfred E. Neumann

    She made the remark and I suspect that the talking points have been out for some time on how to defend an indefensible remark.

    Politicians are pros at this kind of spin, liberal and conservative.

    If your not a hypocrite you can't can't be a successful politician in Washington.

    Newt lives in a glass house but that has never stopped him from throwing a brick now and then.

    Simple put, she made a racist remark. She will get along great with Clarence Thomas, sexual harrassment didn't stop him from being appointed.

    May 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. papa

    The new world order: White man = filthy racist and latina woman= fabulous racist

    May 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Pchapin

    Newt; hush up. That remark by Ms Sotomayer is not, I repeat, not racist. Read it in the context it was given. Quit trying to make something out of nothing. You & Rush are all that is bad about the republican party & no one should pay any attention to either of you. One is a pure entertainer that doesn't know the meaning of the word journalisim & one a has been that's been married three times & is suppose to be the pulse of the republican party. If you want to keep the democratic party in power keep talking.

    May 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. marquis

    wow so Newt is taking his talking points from Rush? Newt I used to respect you as a leader not a follower wow how sad the Republican party has become.

    May 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. BertieBertMan

    Apparently neither Gingrich or Limbaugh are familiar with what racism is. Saying your experience makes you more apt to discharge your duty is different than saying that your race is superior. Once again, the old GOP is resorting to fear mongering, and outrageous claims to distract people from reality.

    May 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Kevin in Ohio

    To the left-wing wackos..... why is one racism and the other not?????

    May 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    I cannot wait until the gop is voted out of every office in this land! THen and only then will I believe in President Obama's message of HOPE.

    May 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Liberal Democrats are Pathetic

    Gingrich is right! She is a racist, as are most that support her. We have a President who only won because of his race, and the Democrats feeling "guilty" about voting against a black man. The Democrat party is the new party of racism, or at least reverse racism.

    May 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Elaine

    This is such a joke. I have seen this and a CATO member both say the same thing. What she ruled on was not the merits of picking one candidate over another based on race. What she ruled on, according to constitutional experts, was whether a local government could rewrite the firefighter's exam because it appeared to be excluding minorities. That is an issue of local rights vs. national rights (and local rights take priority in most conservative circles).

    May 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. fools, fooled by obama

    she fits right in with obamas empathy that racists come in all colors.

    May 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Susan

    Gingrich has to say that. Remember Rush makes rules for GOP.

    May 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Jimmy the Greek

    Let the liberal outrage continue......

    It's politically correct to accuse white folks (conservatives mainly) of being racist... but heavin forbid a hispanic woman be called out on her ridiculous racist comments!!

    Only white people can be racist – right libs?

    May 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Kathy

    You have to love it; the GOP just keeps trying to make themselves look intolerant, bigoted, small minded, etc. At this rate they will have only 15% of the population wanting to claim membership in their klan. The party of middle aged and above Southern White men. Pathetic!

    May 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Micky

    There is not problem with racist hate as long as it comes from the left.

    May 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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