Newt Gingrich on Twitter: ‘Latina woman racist should…withdraw’

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich just twittered the following to his closest 344,357 friends about five minutes ago, never mentioning U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor by name:

White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.

Sonia Sotomayor, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals/Bloomberg

Sonia Sotomayor, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals/Bloomberg

That message was preceded by this one:

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

We called a spokesman for Gingrich, who said the former Georgia congressman is currently in Europe.

The aide said the “tweets” are genuine, which makes Gingrich the most prominent Republican yet to take a hard line against Obama’s nominee for the high court. And that could presage more resolute GOP opposition in Congress.

Conservative talk show giant Rush Limbaugh said something similar on Tuesday, after the Sotomayor nomination:

“Here you have a racist. You might want to soften that and you might want to say a reverse racist.

“And the libs of course say, the minorities cannot be racists, because they don’t have the power to implement their racism. Well, those days are gone, because reverse racists certainly do have the power to implement their power.”

The criticism is drawn from a speech that Sotomayor made in 2001 at the University of California campus in Berkley. This is the quote, via Time magazine, emphasis added:

“Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement … 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.”

Gingrich’s European tweet quickly made it to the White House press room. This from the Washington Times:

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed the remarks as coming from a “former lawmaker” and smacking of “partisan politics.”

“It is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they decide to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation,” Mr. Gibbs said when asked about the remarks.

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396 comments Add your comment

RetLTC

May 27th, 2009
12:45 pm

It just gets better and better. Watching Newt, Rush, wingnuts et al implode is the best entertainment we’ve seen in a while.

SpaceyG

May 27th, 2009
12:54 pm

So much (Twitter trash talk) to keep up with. Who can do it all? Be glad you’ve got some uber-rich lady’s cash to help you out. Sure wish I’d been nicer to some of those great great aunties. But they were so creepy to a little kid.

Republicans are the new Whigs

May 27th, 2009
12:54 pm

Just keep doing what you’re doing!

Keith

May 27th, 2009
12:57 pm

Be honest folks… there is a double standard!

RetLTC

May 27th, 2009
12:59 pm

Keith, if their is a double standard, how did it start. What was the catalyst?

Tom Houck

May 27th, 2009
1:00 pm

Wow! What a gift my pal Newt gives us.

Tyree

May 27th, 2009
1:12 pm

“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. Can’t stand Newt. But the point is valid.

itpdude

May 27th, 2009
1:14 pm

There is a point here: if a white guy said same, he’d be summarily bounced.

It’s such a blatant hypocrisy that cannot stand.

steve

May 27th, 2009
1:14 pm

As a conservative can I just take a moment to plead with (insert Newt, Rush, Hannity, etc.) Please, please just shut up! You are not helping!!!

BDawg

May 27th, 2009
1:15 pm

Now what office does Newt currently hold? And why do we care (or they report) about anything he does? I seem to recall Newt had a torrid affair and scandel after scandel. Where are those stories?

jms

May 27th, 2009
1:15 pm

“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

Racism is ugly in all its forms.

Danielle

May 27th, 2009
1:15 pm

Wow! Newt Gingrich is such an idiot. He belongs in a cartoon. His face
fits the mode of an out of control character. Suck it up and realize the
day has arrived when the Good Ole Boys are no longer in charge!!!!!!!!

AnnieR

May 27th, 2009
1:15 pm

Somebody should take away Newt’s tweeter…

George American

May 27th, 2009
1:16 pm

Everyone knows what Newt said is right.

But oh God forbid, it is politically incorrect!!!

Thanks, Newt for keepin’ it real.

KBrab

May 27th, 2009
1:17 pm

Of course, I wouldn’t want a justice sitting on the Supreme Court who didn’t think they were the best judge in the world. As for calling her a racist, that is both misguided and sad, given the amazing lack of support Newt’s Repubs have to minority communities for decades.

Hmmm....

May 27th, 2009
1:18 pm

What’s that quote about the Republican party these days…? Full of sound and fury signifying….?

JM

May 27th, 2009
1:18 pm

Just keep talking Newt … all you’re doing is dragging the Republican party down with you and that’s fine by me.

Brad Steel

May 27th, 2009
1:18 pm

Maybe he should shut up and go back to cheating on his wife.

William

May 27th, 2009
1:19 pm

JMS

Why not post the entire quote?

Freedom Rules

May 27th, 2009
1:19 pm

RetLTC, It doesn’t matter how the double standard started. It has to end – otherwise we’ll continue to be no closer to Dr. King’s dream in 100 years. It shouldn’t matter if the nominee is black, white, red, brown, purple, green, or clear… what should matter is respect for the rule of law and the Constitution. Ms. Sotomayor cannot be a judge and believe that her being Latina makes her a better judge anyone else. She’s supposed to be impartial and rule on the merits of a case or on the questions of law at hand.

LamarH

May 27th, 2009
1:19 pm

Imagine us being just Americans and not divided by race. God Bless!

KBrab

May 27th, 2009
1:20 pm

Should have said:

As for calling her a racist, that is both misguided and sad, given the amazing lack of support Newt’s Repubs have shown to minority communities for decades.

George American

May 27th, 2009
1:20 pm

And someone will call me racist for carrying a gun in Atlanta, a city polluted with hoodlums where even a trip to the Mall is a life threatening event.

Billy Bob

May 27th, 2009
1:20 pm

AmVet, you are so in denial…

MarinaP

May 27th, 2009
1:21 pm

We’ve dealt with the “my experience as a white man makes me better than a white, black or latina woman” attitude for too long. Anyone notice the world is all messed up becasue of these white men?

br

May 27th, 2009
1:21 pm

The truth hurts….

allison

May 27th, 2009
1:21 pm

Newt Gingrich is a hypocritical idiot. Always has been, always will be.

Boots

May 27th, 2009
1:22 pm

I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying watching Gingrich, Hannity, Rush et al spin into an apoplectic orbit.

My only comment regarding the Republican reaction to Judge Sotomayor’s nomination is that I remember very well Clarence “Long Dong Silver” Thomas.

What a joke!

KBrab

May 27th, 2009
1:22 pm

George American,

I don’t call you a racist for carrying a gun. One has nothing to do with the other. I might call you part of the gun violence problem, but I certainly wouldn’t call you a racist.

DK

May 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

Let’s see, a judge is reversed 60% of the time and this is a qualification for the Supreme Court!? So she understands the law 40%…but I guess that is good enough for government work! :)

Ronnie

May 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

Negroes and Hispanics have race on their mind 24/7. Don’t you forget it.

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May 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

Why does he speak like Confucious?

Will

May 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

I smell a “clarification” coming, don’t you?? This just does not sound like Newt.

Ralph

May 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

I guess Newt has forgotten that Bush #1 was the first president to appoint her as a judge. Wasn’t he a Republican ? I truly believe that if Obama, on a perfectly clear day, said the sky was blue, all these republican “talking heads” would find a way to disagree about the “shade” of blue. I don’t think all these “talking heads” dislike the selection, I believe they dislike Obama so ANYTHING he does they are gonna find fault with. I am NOT an Obama fan, but until I can read the book, I am not going to judge the cover.

itstrue

May 27th, 2009
1:24 pm

There’s a double standard for saying racial stuff because there’s a double standard for *being* one race or another.

There is a value to having someone who isn’t an old white guy making some of the decisions some of the time. Keeps them from looking out exclusively for the interest of other old white guys.

Newt’s thinking is that it’s all the same for everyone, and if they were just a little more like him, they’d see how fair and just the world really is. I grew up a white guy in a sea of minorities and got called all kinds of racial stuff, knowing all along that I’d get messed up royally for reciprocating. But at the end of the day, it was easier for me to go to get sympathy from the teacher, and today it’s easier for me get a job… it’s just not an equal arrangement.

It’s easy from the position of a well-to-do white male to say it’s all the same, but it’s just plain not.

I saw Newt give a speech on health reform where he preached personal responsibility and self control as central to the obesity epidemic. I agree, but this was coming from a fat man. Talk about a double standard. Steak for me. Salad for you.

PeachState.com

May 27th, 2009
1:24 pm

Watching Obama pick another racist for the SCOTUS is like watching a dog return to it’s vomit.

It’s what racist presidents and dogs do.

AH

May 27th, 2009
1:25 pm

Newt is right.
So what is this article about then? Why are people upset by what was said? Are we all suppose to just stop talking and debating just because a democrat is in the White House? Why is there still so much anger coming from the left, you have the house, senate and the White House? Are you afraid that people discussing issues will cause them to not like what is going on in this country now?

Karen

May 27th, 2009
1:25 pm

Here’s the entire quote. “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
Sonia Sotomayor

I think Newt is taking this out of context. It’s easy to block portions of anything and make it into what one wants it to be. All of us have a background of experiences and socialization that comes to play in the decisions we make. People, we can’t all have done the same things! Our cultural/social differences are what makes our country so interesting. Besides, Newt and is ilk are becoming increasingly discombobulated over the demise of their version of America.

Got it!

May 27th, 2009
1:25 pm

I can’t believe the number of responses so far that simply REFUSE (or are too stupid) to realize and admit this woman is racist and not a good fit for the job.
Or, you can just keep your heads in the sand and complain when a different racist finally says something you don’t like. What a pitiful double-standard!

dave

May 27th, 2009
1:25 pm

Keith – you want “progressives” to be honest? You may want to seek help, you are delusional. Won’t happen, somehow, someway, they missed where Dr. King said the part about “the content of the character, not the color of their skin.”

Jim Warren from Marietta

May 27th, 2009
1:26 pm

Typical lib intolerance of anyone who disagrees or points out a valid statement to question…. Make it personal. The judge made the statement, not Mr. Gingrich. He commented on THAT.

Nat Turner

May 27th, 2009
1:26 pm

No George, you’re not a racist. I started carrying my gun 45 years ago everytime I went OUTSIDE the city of Atlanta to protect myself from REDNECK HOODLUMS and cowardly lynch mobs..

Unborn Baby

May 27th, 2009
1:27 pm

Please don’t abort me.

George American

May 27th, 2009
1:27 pm

Mr. Krabs,
I will only be apart of your so-called “gun violence problem” if the “violence” comes toward my “gun.” Although the “violence” will will not be a “problem” for me.

It will be nice to have one less “problem” on the street, in the airport, or in the mall….

findthemoron

May 27th, 2009
1:27 pm

Well, first of all I’d like to thank all the Obama voters. Thank you for taking us closer to the end of America as we know it. Socialism, racism, unionism, paybackism, and all the other isms that I did not list. Pandering to the hispanic vote. For how long? It is easy, if a white male said all the same typpe quotes “she” has made, it would be straight to the curb. I also believe that if it was a black person who made who made these comments that they would also be kicked to the curb. Only because “she” is Obama’s pick, “she gets a free pass. Why would any rational American not want a judge who would make and decide law, that was based on law? In the future, I believe thata majority of Americans will find that the perfect one was not so perfect.

Kumberland

May 27th, 2009
1:28 pm

Newt is right on the dollar; her comments are repulsive and if a white man had said the same thing about a minority, the liberals would be all over his case like flys on %%$#@!!!!

Now minorities are moving up in the economic and social world and doing the same discriminating as the oppressive white man, what hypocrites .

Ry

May 27th, 2009
1:29 pm

I can’t wait until white males become the minority….then we can take advantage of affirmative action and get a job over a better qualified black, latina, etc. Apparently racism is perfectly fine as long as it is displayed by someone that is non-white.

Big Picture

May 27th, 2009
1:29 pm

It doesn’t matter what Newt said. What matters is what she said. If a white had spoken those words in reverse, the outcry would be deafening. Bottom line. But it was a stroke of genius by Obama to select her. If the Republicans oppose her, they are racist. If they support her, they lose the base. So we Republicans will lose either way. But we are destined to become a much smaller party as we stand by our principles.

Eric

May 27th, 2009
1:30 pm

Why would anyone with a smidgen of a brain give a flying freak what Newt Gingrich thinks…or says? For someone who’s allegedly smart, he sure seems to be a moron!

bobfromCanton

May 27th, 2009
1:30 pm

A judge is meant to be an umpire or referee. They all know the rules or the laws and they interpret them not based on religion, sex, nationality, or whatever baseball/football/soccer team they are for. That is why Lady Justice has the blindfold on! Justice should be dealt no matter whose side/team you are on, only according to the rules!