Wednesday, May 27, 2009
6777: Sotomayor Called Racist By Racists.
From The New York Daily News…
GOP Holy Trinity on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor: She’s a ‘racist’
Daily News Staff
Never ones to shy away from a fight—even a losing one—the Holy Trinity of the GOP—Newt Gingrich, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh—have taken to calling the Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor a ‘racist,’ with Gingrich even going so far as to ask her to withdraw.
The anger is aimed at comments Sotomayor made at a University of California-Berkeley lecture in 2001. “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,” Sotomayor said.
In a Twitter post Wednesday afternoon, Gingrich wrote, “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.”
“White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw,” he added. “Latina woman racist should also withdraw.”
Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter echoed Gingrich on Wednesday’s “Good Morning America.”
“It does a disservice to minorities—to women and minorities—that we are supposed to be empathizing for,” she said. “Saying that someone would decide a case differently… because she’s a Latina, not a white male, that statement by definition is racist.”
Immediately after the announcement on Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh was the first to started banging the war drum by calling Sotomayor a “horrible choice” and “a racist … or reverse racist.”
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs quickly and easily threw water on the conservative fire.
“I think we’re satisfied that, when the people of America and the people of the Senate get a chance to look at more than just the blog of a former lawmaker… that they’ll come to the same conclusion that the president did,” Gibbs said. “I think when people get a chance to look at her record, I feel certain that partisan politics will… take a backseat to common sense and open-minded decisions based on a full examination of the record. And I think that’s what every Supreme Court and every judicial nominee deserves.”