Newt Gingrich Backs Away From Calling Sotomayor a Racist

June 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Disgraced former Republican Speaker of the House, is now backing off his earlier Twitter comments, where he viciously attacked Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Sotomayor as a racist and called for her withdrawal from the nomination process.

Gingrich joined the snarling cabal of Conservative attack dogs that populated the media outlets last week, waging shocking racist and sexist attacks against President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, calling her a “reverse racist,” suggesting she was not smart enough for the job and of having a fiery Latina temperament.

The spewing of identity politics exhibited by Conservatives last week, was surely disgusting but predictable, as they were determined to smear Judge Sotomayor at any cost, exposing the hate and anger right under the surface of many Conservative pundits. With Republican support among Hispanic voters already at an all time low, the party of no managed to shrink their base even further with their race-based speech.

Last week Newt Gingrich tweeted: “White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racists should also withdraw.”

Drawing intense criticism for his comments, Gingrich has now apparently decided, his comments may come back to haunt him if he decides to run for president in 2012.

Writing in Human Events, a Conservative newspaper, Gingrich said: “My initial reaction was strong and direct–perhaps too strong and too direct…” “…The word “racist” should not have been applied to Judge Sotomayor as a person, even if her words themselves are unacceptable, said Gingrich…”

Judge Sonia Sotomayor has impeccable credentials, graduated summa cum laude from Princeton, was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, worked in the Manhattan DA’s office and was a partner at a law firm.

She served as a District Court Judge, after being nominated November 27, 1991, by President George Bush and was later nominated under the Clinton administration to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she currently serves.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, should she be confirmed, which is expected despite all the hateful rhetoric coming from Conservative Republicans.

Below are some of the lowlights from last week’s hit parade of the Conservative smearing of Judge Sotomayor:

“She brings a form of bigotry or racism to the court.” “How can a president nominate such a candidate? And how can a party get behind such a candidate? That’s what would be asked if somebody were foolish enough to nominate David Duke or pick somebody even less offensive,” said Rush Limbaugh.

“Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when [Sotomayor]’s menstruating or something, or just before she’s going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get then,” said G. Gordon Liddy.

Pat Buchanan referred to Judge Sotomayor as an “affirmative action candidate.”

I’m telling you, she appears to be a racist. She said things that are racist. In any other context, that’s exactly how we would have portrayed it. And there’s no one that would get on the Supreme Court saying a thing like that, except for a Hispanic woman. And you’re saying it doesn’t matter,” said Former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo. He also referred to the Hispanic organization, which Judge Sotomayor is a member, as “a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses.”

Judge Sotomayor met with members of the House this week, receiving excellent reviews from both Republicans and Democrats.

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