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. ANGIE IN PA

    Why is this Gas bag still Talking? Just because he was Forced to resign dosent mean he gets to go around Running his mouth insisting Everyone should withdraw or resign! Shut your pie hole Newt you are Irelevant, But then again with the Ilk of Newt,Limbaugh,Cheney, they are destroying the Republican Party to shreds!

    May 27, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. midwest liberal

    positioning ourselves for a 2012 presidential run are we, newt?

    May 27, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Joe Taylor

    These people are so ugly.

    May 27, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. kegger

    I guess in this age of political correctness, she may have mispoken, but of course we only have the snipits of the dialogue and not the full content in which she was phrasing her response. Therefore I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. But I do find it funny when "white" men get called out for anything how quick they are to flip the table. It's sad in a way that people don'tnrelaize that there is always going to be issues that non whites and minorities will never ever experience unless they walk in each others shoes. Until that line is understood....stuupid is as stupid does.

    May 27, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Jack in Florida

    Since when has Newt Gingrich become such a mouth piece for the Republican party???????? You never heard a word out of him when Bush was in office and now he is all over the place.......Hey Newt......it is time for a new direction from the Republicans.........time for the next generation to lead, so sit back and shut up!

    May 27, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. John

    You know it's always funny to hear people like Newt Gingrich complain about a double standard. Seeing as how they spend all of their time trying to prove that they don't exist.

    May 27, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. cecilia

    I thought I read earlier today that rush was the dope who called Ms. Sotomayor a racist. Leaving a comment was not offered for the rush piece,
    but here we are again. same sort of idiot, same message, same stupidity, same hate, so I will now write the same comment to gengrich as I would have for rush – you are not worthy to be in the same room with this lady – She is an outstanding person – intellect, wisdom, empathy and courage

    Go get cheney and the three of you go hunting

    May 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Wayne H.

    Does this loathsome toady EVER have anything constructive to add to a debate?

    May 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. David

    Sotomayer's problem: Her speech lines are being taken out of context. No surprise: anti-equality forces in this country such as the Republican Party will do anything to stop progress, including this sort of tactic.

    Gingrich's problem: He's a leading voice in a historically racist institution–the Republican Party. In no way is he credible on any issue related to the future of the United States.

    May 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Raul, Los Angeles, CA

    Newt and Rush – Shut up! Both of you have nothing further to contribute to this debate. Let the adults conduct the vetting and let the Senate make this historic confirmation.

    May 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. seebofubar

    I'm not a Gingrich fan but in this case he is spot on. This lady has no buisness being a judge much less a Supreme Court Justice. Bad bad pick. Obama needs to pick the right person for the job not the right person to appease the latino population.

    May 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Len in Washington

    Biologists are correct.

    Every spring the lakes "turn over" and the scum raises to the surface.

    Tell me Newt, how was life on the bottom for so long. I know, I know.... you're just trying to get a few more fleeting minutes in the sun before you sink back down there and out of sight permanently.

    What a sad person.........

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

    Why are you giving this guy so much press? He's clearly an extreme partisan and has been out of office for years. So what is he bringing to this issue? I'm not saying don't quote him, I'm saying don't play every word he says. If you quote Rush, you are in effect quoting Gingrich. It's like a two-fer-one. Maybe you could just alternate Rush and Gingrich or something. Simply, get someone on who has been voted in (or in Rush's case ever held public office at all). There simply are more newsworthy points of view.

    May 27, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. dick delson

    I am absolutely convinced that Gingrich takes STUPID pills. No wonder the Republican party is in the toilet*

    May 27, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Can't say that I didn't see this coming, especially after Palin had such glowing comments towards Steele.

    Racism is the key republican word that is now going to be thrown out and I would suggest that all you conservatives tread carefully.

    The only "racist" comments have been coming from the right in what I can only surmise is, sadly, an attempt at keeping your party together.

    The GOP tried class warfare and is now trying to stoke the fire on race relations.

    Each day brings a new GOP low.

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

    Why in the world do we care what Newt has to say?

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

    Why do you print his nonsense?

    May 27, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. mb

    are you kidding me?

    May 27, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Leah-Vancouver

    Gingrich is trying his best to stays in the limelight !

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

    Gingrinch, Rush, what's the difference? One's the RNC Chairman, and the other one's a failed science fiction author. In Newt's latest book, an evil overlord from the planet Zhicago blatantly shows everyone his Neptunian birth certificate before making himself the Pope of America – and you can fold the cover into your own tinfoil hat!
    Seriously, these old guys are embarrassing themselves. Hand out the Depenz and Geritol and point them towards the shuffleboard court.

    May 27, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. @BigMisterC

    This is idiotic. If the G.O.P. chooses to fight this fight and not confirm this woman, the backlash that will result from it will make the 2008 elections feel like a warm hug. Latinos have been waiting for a LONG time for representation on the Supreme Court and they couldn't have a more seriously qualified candidate than Sotomayor. If they play politics and try to call this a racist appointment, angry Latinos will leave the party in droves.

    May 27, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. J

    Except he took that quote out of context, surprise surprise.

    Sotomayor said that in the context of discrimination cases involving racial minorities. In that context, she is 100% correct.

    Keep it up, Newty. Calling blacks and Hispanics racist has won you so many political battles already (rolls eyes)

    May 27, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. annoyed

    were her parents even legal or was she just born here?

    May 27, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Charles Hyter

    If both Newt and Rush dislike her she must be a Saint and a positive indication that Obama made a fantastic choice!

    May 27, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Dan

    Newt again seizes at straws for political points. He would better serve the process to deal with real issues.

    May 27, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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