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

Gingrich: Sotomayor 'racist,' should withdraw nomination

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Give it Up GOP

    The GOP should challenge this nomination all the way. And in doing so will alienate all women and Hispanics and accelerate the total demise of this old and archaic party.

    May 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Dave

    Neither should have to withdraw. Grand judgments based on racial/gender stereotypes might be inaccurate, but is not inherently prejudice.

    Does she have a history of finding white males guilty and latino women innocent? That's what's important. I'm a white male and can honestly agree that with a broad stroke, latino women have probably had it harder. That's not racism, it's common knowledge.

    May 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Kevin in NoDak

    We should withdraw Newtie's citizenship.... assuming he even has a birth certificate to prove he's a citizen.

    May 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Newt can cup my newts for all I care. His opinion and this GOP barrage of talking points intended to sway public opinion BEFORE the hearings are a nullity.

    May 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Patti

    This is coming from the party that passed out a Christmas CD with "Barack the Magic Negro" on it. Sotomayor came from a poor latino family with a single mother. Every thing she has accomplished she has earned through hardships most white males in America will never know. I would like to remind everyone that we live in a country that never even passed the equal rights amendment for women. She deserves this position and with a male dominated court system we deserve the diversity of opinion she would bring.

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. WonderfulWanda

    This man talks too much about nothing. As an independent voter, we need to do homework on our public servants. This is not a personal attack, his policies speaks for themselves…start with Contract to America.

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Jack

    Gingrich and Limbaugh are the last people who should be calling anyone racist.

    According to dictionary definition: 1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
    2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

    racist rac'ist adj. & n.

    That sounds like the entire GOP party. The good old white boys club.

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. geecee

    Right, Newt. I am sure she will do exactly as YOU tell her! What a jerk you are. Shut up and disappear from the face of the earth, please.

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Thomas, Missoula, MT

    President Obama could nominate Jesus for the position and the Republicans would still scream like smashed cats!

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. DK

    Well isn't that the pot calling the kettle black....I mean brown.

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |

    It sounds like Robert Gibbs is threatening anyone who dares to oppose anything Obamaland comes up with. Anyone with an
    opposing opinion is bullied into submission. It is sad to watch as
    free speech in America dies.

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Jay Sidebotham

    When Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh become leading moral arbiters for the Republican party, the Democrats are in good shape.

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. walker

    This from a man who cheats on his wife while she is in the hospital!! I guess if someone is not a white, fat male who cheats to make headlines then the rests of the world is a racist. Gingrich needs to crawl back into his dirty little hole and forget about calling people names.

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. KLK

    I can't wait until white men are the minority. Then they'll really have something to complain about.

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. wayne

    I am offended by the comments of Newt Gingrich, but I completely understand where he is coming from. As someone with a checkered past, he should temper his criticisms of anyone else. Partisanship is very hard to disguise and the constant barrage of negative remarks concerning anything to do with the Obama administration is a clear demonstration of intent. I will delight in the fact that Gingrich, Cheney, Limbaugh and the like will be completely disgruntled for 8 years.

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Once You Vote Black

    Ging. asked Pelosi to step down and now Sodi. Neither has. He is looking a bit limp.

    May 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Jim Duncan

    Dear GOP, please trot out more Old White Southern Guys (OWSGs) to make your case against racism. Their position on the Confederate Flag, for example, gives them BOATLOADS of credibility on the issue.

    Better yet, their presence merely solidifies the obvious: OSWGs represent the last gasp of a moribund party.

    May 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Lee in TN

    CNN needs to quit covering crackpots like Gingrich. It is an insult to people's intelligence to think that we would consider the opinion of a crooked politician and family deserter like him. Print the opinions of credible people, not these folks on the sidelines throwing stones with nothing at risk. Limbaugh also falls in that category. I don't see him running for office or trying to fix anything. These two are both just a lot of hot air.

    May 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Rob

    Gingrich, I hope you get killed in a car crash tonight. Ha!

    You suck!!!

    May 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. unsympathetic

    ridiculous! everyday, the likes of palin, limbaugh, or gingrich make the GOP look like a slow-motion trainwreck! keep calling this hard-working self-made Latina a "reverse-racist"...i'm sure that will go over well with your Latino voting bloc. is gingrich an idiot? the US census has determined that by 2030 every one in four people in the US will be Latino...guys like gingrich ignore the plight of the immigrant experience in American because they have lived with white privelage their entire lives. even though i'm a white woman, even i can see this...

    May 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Simmy

    Word to warlock Gingrich; Go back down there where you belong......You do not speak for most of mankind.......We Americans can take care of our own......Judge Sotomayor will be confirmed.....The only losers will be Republicans.....

    Newt is a neutered pigment, spawn from the relics of unspecified origins.....He's to be studied, not embraced....

    May 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. change has arrived

    it doesn't matter who our President would have picked, the just say "NO" republicans would have found something to complain about.

    May 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. dg houston

    thats a separate the races, and think its ok, but if this was a white saying this about another race, they would be hung, youd have every liberal screaming...liberals...hipa..hipa..hipacrites, if thats how its spelled

    May 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. ColoDem

    I am sick and tired of this man... hello the 90s are over. Please go away and shut that hell trap of a mouth.

    May 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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