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. Steve

    What morals does Gingrich have to accuse others when his own morals have been too weak? Why does the press even provide a platform to him? Is he into any public service?

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

    I love it. Everytime the GOP talking heads open their mouths, they continue to ensure their irrelevancy. They won't win for years until they attempt to appeal to moderates and stop priding themselves on being the aging rich white male party.

    May 27, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    You know... 40+ years after MLK and after the election of the first black POTUS, I was hopeful – so hopeful – that maybe the citizenry could FINALLY put racial issues behind us.

    I was naive. And I'm saddened.

    May 27, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Felonious Monk

    We can always rely on Newt for good, sound ethical judgement.

    LOL, LOL.

    May 27, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. C. Chan

    Having been ruled by white males my entire life. As a non white male I can see how someone with different background and upbringing can provide a perspective that a white male has no concept or experience to compare. That is not racist. It is a part inclusion that the Republicans cannot stand. The GOP will always be a party of rich white men.

    May 27, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. TCB

    Newt you and Rush just need to "shut up" all you guys do is divide. Get over it she will be confirmed, no just keep talking and the GOP will stay in trouble. She told the truth...

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. frustrated

    I love to watch and Limbaugh and Gingrich drag their party to oblivion. Yes, please continue attacking the first Latina nominated for the Supreme Court. My God, they don't have a clue.

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    LMAO

    Coming from a sexist like Newtie this is rich!

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. sam, HIGHLAND RANCH, COLORADO

    Your have to be kidding. All those Wing Nuts out there are so full of hate. Take a good look in the mirror you Conservative racists. You are all lost, but hold on, your children will reap what you sow!!!!!

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Dave in Albuquerque

    Every time Newt Gingrich opens his mouth in this way, he makes it easier for the Dems to convince voters that the GOP has become a bunch of angry old coots. Like Cheney, he's not doing his party any favors.

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. dan in Tucson

    Oh my god. This comes from the most racist man in Washington. I remember a few years back when he was the speaker making racial slurs that got him almost ejected from Washington. Talk about calling the kettle black!

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Will in Waco

    I must ask how Newt is still relevant? I beginning to believe more and more that Newt and Rush were separated at birth. Let's put all this hate behind us and focus on whether or not Ms. Sotomayor is qualified based on her history as a jurist.

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Cathy in AZ

    The lengths to which the GOP resort are beyond comprehension. Mr. Gingrich you have sunk to a new low.

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. EO

    And Newt you are a liar and an adultrer, a hypocrate, we still remember cheating on your wife while talking about someone else.

    She is smarter than all of you the 3 NLC.

    Crawl back to where you were when you resigned disgraceffully.

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. aware of nothing

    And if you read the entire speech you would see she said " A woman or a person of color can not speak for that gender or race" instead of setting up your 2012 nom which you will lose in........you should read the entire thing. Yes, heap epithets at her....the republican party should be rename the party of 163 electoral votes ...if they don't lose texas and arizona

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. ucirvinite

    Why should anyone care what this blowhard says?

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Silverstein

    Go back to your mistress, Newt. Go far away.

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Felonious Monk

    Hey Newt,
    Was Harriet Meyers a good candidate in your opinion? LOL.

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Alex

    Gingrich is right. You would have to be racist to say a Latina female could make a better decision than a white male or any other race. You would also have to be racist to deny firefighters who justifiably and rightfully earned their promotions through hard & diligent work to get top scores on their promotion tests. This will be one more decision among many of hers that will get overturned by the US Supreme Court..

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Jed

    If the GOP takes this tack in trying to block Sotomayor's nomination, it's going to backfire big time. But it's interesting watching the GOP grapple with racial politics. They're charging reverse-discrimination over a nominee who has 17 years of experience as a judge. Question her legal record, but the racism charge is a big mistake politically and morally for the GOP.

    May 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Hammer time

    I think the white boys are getting nervous. This is pretty funny stuff.

    May 27, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. conservative

    It is all about buying and keeping the hispanic vote! The democrats will do anything to solidify and keep power, all to the peril of America!

    May 27, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. gary

    What, the party of "No" found something wrong with the nominee? Who would of thought....

    May 27, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. here we go

    My question is, who is this yo-yo to demand anything!!!! I thought he was just and ordinary citizen, not a member of the house or senate!!!!!!!!!!!! The gall of the Republicans, I didn't see him stomping his foot when Roberts or Altio were nominated. Republican thy name is HYPOCRIT.....

    May 27, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Andrew Halmay

    OK she said, "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,"

    What life? Conclusion concerning what? Another statement without context we are supposed to get excited about. Why is the GOP recycling Gingrich anyway?

    May 27, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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