July 13th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Latino ad targets Limbaugh comments

(CNN) - As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, a Latino group is launching a radio ad in Florida highlighting Republican opposition to the first Hispanic nominee to the high court.

The ad, sponsored by Presente.org and Progressive Change Campaign Committee, features past remarks from conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh declaring Sotomayor a 'racist," and attacks Republican Rep. John Mica of the Florida's 7th Congressional District for not denouncing the remarks.

The group says the ads will target other key congressional districts in the future.

Full English translation of the ad:

Sonia Sotomayor is set to be the first Latina and Puerto Rican to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

It is a proud moment for our community, yet Republican leaders insist on attacking her.

That's Republican leader Rush Limbaugh calling Judge Sotomayor a racist and a bigot.
It's insulting to all Latinos and Americans.

We asked Republican John Mica if he would denounce Limbaugh's words.
His response? Silence.

Let's put a stop to the hate. Call Congressman Mica (R-Florida) today.

Filed under: Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Gus The Willie

    Limp Bough should get his talk show relocated to Iran or Iraq. This guy is the ipedomy of them (people other than rednecks) and us (right wing rednecks). Love to hear this nut on Al Jazeera too. It's just too bad a lot of patriotic young Americans have to die to preserve the rhetoric of this hateful redneck.

    July 13, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. The Closet Republican

    This is the end result of the Republican strategy, born in the 60's, of using racism for electoral advantage.

    It's time that everyone, including the Latin community, realizes that the Republicans are morally bankrupt and just feed off of fear, hatred and ignorance, as most hard right wing organizations in history have.

    July 13, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Laurie in Spokane

    Go for it! All the republicans can do is spew hatred and negatavity.

    July 13, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Liberal and proud of it dot com

    Racial politics in America is a sleazy business on all sides.

    1. Conservatives have discovered racism in America. After carefully reading American history, they have come to the conclusion that minorities discriminate against white people, and they want to put a stop to it!. Reverse discrimination, Affirmative Action, Puerto Rican judges, the list is endless. Conservatives, like Limbaugh, heroically throw themselves into the battle, protecting the white race from the vicious attacks of Puerto Ricans.

    2. Tom Wolfe created a verb: "Mau-mauing." This is when a member of a minority tries to win an argument by saying, "You only say that because you are a bigoted white man/woman!" This is designed to motivate the white person to give in so as to prove his/her lack of racism.

    Both sides of the argument are sleazy. Limbaugh doesn't believe for a second that Sotomayor is racist. The people who are attacking Limbaugh do not believe for a moment that his comments are "insulting to all Latinos and Americans." They are insulting perhaps to Sotomayor, but to no one else.

    What a shame that our democracy has devolved into this spectacle: liars shouting lies at each other.

    July 13, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Independent_me

    The repuglican veil has once again lifted and they have been exposed to be the racist, godless party of wolves in sheep's clothing that Jesus warned us about.

    They will always have their godless, hypocritical base that is easily led like lambs to the slaughterhouse – but I pray that TRUE Believers and TRUE Americans will not be fooled by their Machiavellian maneuvers.

    July 13, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Maria - Proud Democrat

    As a Democrat and a Latino I also REMEMBER WHEN.........

    My fellow DEMOCRATS were the FIRST to BLOCK an HISPANIC who was nominated ....Angel Estrada.

    I also remember how they tried to block the only Black ..Clarence Thomas.

    So while I am a Democrat and a Latino I will not let this type of propaganda cloud my judgment.

    Latinos will not be bought and sold so easily and we will not blindly follow the Democrat leaders......as they have been known to go back on their word.

    I am sure Judge Sotomayor will be nominated based on her experience and testimony, however, I hope that she will not be nominated simply for her ethnicity, as that would send us all back 100 years.

    July 13, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Flipper

    Typical liberal propaganda. They have no qualms labeling others as "racists" or "bigots," but when they are rightly labeled as such, they engage in a hysterical hissy fit. Apparently when they engage in character assassination, it's fine and perfectly legit; however, when the other side criticizes the racist & questionable comments of a liberal/radical, it's done out of "hate."


    July 13, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Anny

    Just another example of the Hate and Bigotry that the Republicans have for people of another race, or who aren't born again evangalist christrian, and the hate they have for people that don't think the way they think.........the Party of HATE.....Funny they are the Party that likes to insight FEAR too and they are the ones that have them most FEAR, their FEAR in in Rush Lumpball........their afraid of him.......he is the terrorist in the Republican party...........LOSERS

    July 13, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. ANGIE

    rush lumpball is a drugged out racist. he can only speak hatred.

    July 13, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Fla.

    The racial xenophobia in Limbaugh's GOP is appalling against the Hispanic community.

    Too many Republican "leaders" are afraid to take a stand against Rush's nonsense and will rightfully lose more elections in 2010. Adios, republicanos–no mas.

    July 13, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. B.H.

    Most Americans know Limbaugh is a racist extremist spewing hate and discontent counter to everything American.

    July 13, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Nathan

    As an African American I say congrats to Presente.org and Progressive Change Campaign Committee on their attacks on the likes of this racist Rush. Sotomayor is anything but a racists. The problem is these racist people like Rush and the Republican party are getting nervous given the U.S. demographics. In fact, I call on more of my minority brothers and siters to stop taking the sideline and put more color in the congress and be heard. There are far too many white males in congress considering the population of this country.

    July 13, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Doug, New Jersey

    So she believes her race makes her superior, Limbaugh just states the facts, and then somehow the Democrats want someone to denounce Limbaugh's hate? John Mica should denounce Sotomayor's words, after all she is the one who speaks hate, and yes she is a racist and a bigot. What if Limbaugh said that more often than not a wise white man rich in his experiences would reach a better conclusion than a latina female? To have two different sets of rules based soley on race is the very definition of racism, therefore it is the liberal Democrats who have always wanted to divide our nation who are the true racists here, the facts are the facts.

    July 13, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Nichole

    I am tired of how often the term 'racist' is thrown around in America. When has Judge Sotomayor organized a lynch mob, beat a 13 year old to death, bombed a church with Sunday School students inside, voted for and enforced legislation to systematically destroy another ethnic group, or systematically rape and degrade generations of young girls? How on earth can anyone call this woman a racist over a speech that did not in ANY way promote violence against any ethnic group? As an African-American woman, I am ashamed at my nation's short memory and the bigotry and ignorance perpetuated by one of the two leading political parties. Shame on you, Limbaugh.

    July 13, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. TCM

    Perhaps it's the hispanics whose being racist here; not Rush Limbaugh...Why doesn't the hispanic community scream for a competent, well qualified judge? And, if they happen to be hispanic, great. But, this fiasco of seeking first a hispanic woman, and then observing her mediocre to poor record...well, that screams of racism on behalf of hispanics....

    Why not claim to be an American first, then hispanic? Don't like it? leave.

    July 13, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. TCM

    @Enlightened Voter –

    OR maybe the republicans want COMPETENCE on the SC...not just pushing obama's agenda to gain hispanic votes...this affects your rights too, egghead.

    July 13, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Big Al C.

    I would suggest you help register everyone you know who is eiligble to vote. And be sure to make sure they go to the polls. I would also remind them come election time how supportive the party of NO has been.

    July 13, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. TCM

    @Nichole –

    She ruled against the fire fighters based on race......that took money from their families, caused strife amongst the ranks of firefighters,etc...it was an ecomonic lynching of whites; merely to satisfy her thirst for her slanted bias towards whites. Yeah, this action was racist; but even more dangerous than that – it was a public action...and in the public eye...not something she muttered to a latino friend. So, she firmly believes she "righted,' the world by denying the whites the promos....it was a racist act. You can butter it and liberalize it all you want....but that's what it was.

    July 13, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Mike b

    The GOP needs the approval of Rush before they make a decision.

    July 13, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Sam I Am

    I am a white middle-aged male. I am repeatedly embarrassed by the statements Limbaugh and the three ring circus called Fox News make.
    It's about time someone start calling these people out. If they have no ethics, no morals, and no sense of decency themselves, then it's up to us to help them see the light. While there is nothing wrong with opinion, there is a great deal wrong with lies, bias, and hate as it is spread from these media outlets. Sadly, there are people who agree with these buffoons. Can anyone say lawsuit? Enough organizations go after these people, they'll do more research so at least they have a vague understanding of the truth, and they'll keep their hatred to themselves.

    July 13, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. maria

    The GOP leaders, including Rush Limbaugh, are bringing their own party down in a big way if they think these thinly-veiled bigoted obstructions aren't being taken for what they actually are. 2010 is just around the corner.

    July 13, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. TCM

    @ FLA –

    You must be hispanic, wanting the country to change everything to cater to you, huh? Rush merely reported the story as it unfolded....Rush spoke the truth...besides, why won't hispanics demand a competent, experienced judge...? Why are they screaming hispanic first, competence second? It's all an Obama powerplay; nothing to do with justice...wants another puppet close at hand...

    July 13, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Sean

    Its Funny to see all the republicans (WHITE FOLKS) whinning about Sotomayor being a racist. Hell, they should know cause all they know how to do is talk down to other races, be divisive in EVERYTHING they do, hold one group to a standard that they arn't willing to hold themselves to. Republicans are the most racist people on the planet.
    Rush Limbaugh was completely out of line with his comment. Soon as a judicial ruling doesn't go the white folks way, the judge is racist. But Rush Limbaugh didn't tell you republican followers is that it was a three judge panel and two of the judges was white men. Why ain't you all calling these two white men racist?

    July 13, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. clare bell

    An ad pointing out that Constitutional expertise is no longer considered for a Supreme Court justice...racial background, gender, and personal ideology are unfortunately the only resume criteria. What's next, sexual orientation? Religious affiliation? Physical makeup? Dress code? The ability to spell "duh"?

    July 13, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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