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. Scott, Mizzou

    Why are we still listening to these right wing nut jobs??? I know it gets entertaining now that Paris Hilton is not around so much but using these republicans in her place in getting old!!!!

    May 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Takeshi

    OMG PEOPE. She is not being racist. she is saying On THOSE ISSUES Of latin women she would come to better conclusion. Which i would say is 90% true. Saying that is the reason we need diversity!!1

    May 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Big red shoes

    Listen to this clown . And the Newt isnt a racist himself. What a joke.

    May 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. special kay

    How sad!!!!

    May 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    Old Newt should just keep on yapping....he's doing wonders for the Democrats! Of course the 25% of our electorate that proudly wears the mantel of far-right, neocon Republican will lap it up and loudly echo such nonsense, only pushing the few remaining moderate Republicans away from the GOP. This nomination was a stroke of brilliance on many levels – she's superbly qualified and the Republicans can only, only lose with the talking points they've now released to the media and all America. They are buffoons of the first order!

    May 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Chicago Jim

    I think that the Republican Party, of which Newt is trying so hard to become the leader, holds the title as the most racist party, given that most of its members are southern, white, and racist. How ironic that charges if racism should come from Rush/Newt, two old fat white guys from the south. Hey, I'm an old white fat guy from the south who knows better than to call a girl from the Bronx racist.

    May 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. JEM

    The more Newt and Rish talk, the deeper the hole the GOP digs for itself. Keep it up guys.

    May 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Cabaret Voltaire

    Newt is %100 correct! Welcome to the Socialist party , Newt. White male hating is just the beginning. What would she tell the 7 firemen and their families who lost their promotion because no black guys passed the test? Is it possible these particular white men were just more qualified? Look at Europe. In the UK it's LEGAL to discriminate against a white guy if he has the exact same qualifications as a minority or woman. Is this what the civil rights and feminist movement had in mind? Eventually the average white man will take his head out of the sand and revolt. Once this becomes a voting issue, the 'Socialist' party will crumble.

    May 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Andy J, NY, NY

    hate to say it, but i agree with Newt.

    sotomayor, you gotta go, lady. you're tainted.

    May 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. josh

    As a white male, wouldn't it be racist if I said that "as a white male, I have richer experiences that do latina women."? She's racist, bottom line, and not suitable for this nations highest court.

    May 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. PAUL W

    Well, if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black.

    May 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Jimmy McTimmy

    oooh, i feel so sorry for all these rich old white men, being discriminated against! C'mon! For real? It's such an obvious straw horse, and I'm saying this as a rich white (not yet old) man.

    don't these pointless pot-stirrers get it yet? Nobody gives a flying fart about their opinions anymore. Maybe Mitt Romney has room for them all on his shiny blue planet. We're tired of having them on this one.

    May 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. sparky

    Newsflash! Georgia cracker calls Latina racist! Details at eleven.

    May 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Chappy in Jacksonville

    How low can Newt sink? Has he NO SHAME?

    May 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Emily

    I wish people would read her whole speech. In that comment, she was talking specifically about race and sex discrimination cases, and how having women and minorities on the bench can be a boon.

    May 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Pluto

    Pure comedy gold. Tell us about how you used to have to walk through nine feet of snow to go to school next, then the one about how minorities are taking away your rights as a whitey. Then go home to your third trophy wife.

    May 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |

    Oh please give it a rest. She was nominated and you were not. Newt, who would you suggest be nominated? Rush Limbaugh perhaps! LMFAO, hater!

    May 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. James, Phoenix AZ

    Sounds like someone's diaper is full.

    Gingrich, Limbaugh, Hannity, get over it. Your party lost.

    May 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Ted

    maybe if she had said " walk a mile in my shoes" before you make a misinformed opinion about how I grew up, because obviously if you came from a life of priveledge and are a white male you opinion doen't count in a female latina's world.

    I think the GOP took what she said out of context, but then again the GOP is still run by the old gaurd ( The priveledged and white)

    May 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |

    My question is what is wrong with her statement? It only has racial undertones if you are looking for them. This is definately poor excuse for her to step down. I bet anything I own that is she would have said a black, asian, indian male Newt and Rush would have not parted there lips. But truth be told she is right! Life experience does help you forma a better view of the world and how thing and people should be judged... Im already liking this lady!

    May 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. carlo

    Would this guy please go and hug a land mine? He left the House disgraced, he is a womanizing, cheating, lying, piece of crud, yet he's always calling for someone to step down. Why don't you step down Newt the warlock?

    May 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Paul Riendeau

    Own yes why don't we let the Muck Rakers have their say and use this dopey reason to force her to resign! Or we could look at her record and see if she is qualified for the possition and is a fair and reasonable judge.

    Can you imagine what this counry would be like if we just let Gingrich or Limbaugh make our decisions for us. They are a pair of reasonable and honest men arn't they?

    May 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Kasey

    isn't time for the old GOP men to go the way of the Burgermeister Meisterburgers??

    May 27, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Andy J, NY, NY

    Robert Gibbs is a tool. I wonder if its hard for him to sleep at night, knowing his job is to peddle B.S. for Obama and co.

    May 27, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Bryan

    stupid newt! minorities can't be racisit!....even if they are its ok because white people are devils

    May 27, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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