5.28.2009

Attack from Auschwitz

He just can't help himself. This is what Newt Gingrich, an actual racist, tweeted from Auschwitz yesterday about Judge Sotomayor. Keep in mind, that everything he (and Rush) are referring too is HALF her actual quote.

From ThinkProgress:

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich posted on his Twitter feed today a call for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to withdraw her nomination because she is a “Latina woman racist.” As evidence of her supposed racism, Gingrich posted an out-of-context quote from a lecture that Sotomayor gave in 2001 on diversity. Gingrich wrote, “new racism is no better than old racism” and added:



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The White House responds. Personally, I thought it was a week response. People like Newt should be shamed publicly, not talked to in a third grader teacher's tone:



Then the RNC made it an official Rethug line of attack by retweeting Newt's Auschwitz Attack.

From Greg Sargent:

Does Todd Herman, the director of new media for the Republican National Committee, agree that Sonia Sotomayor is a racist?

Herman just Re-Tweeted Newt Gingrich’s earlier Tweet claiming that Obama’s SCOTUS pick had indulged in “racism,” which is catching some flak from some media figures today.



Update: The RNC is declining to say whether or not it agrees with Gingrich’s claims.

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Then we have Sen. Orrin Hatch smacking down Newt's line of attack.

Also from ThinkProgress::

Earlier today, ThinkProgress noted how former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) attacked Judge Sonia Sotomayor on his Twitter feed today as a “Latina woman racist” who should withdraw her nomination. On CNN this afternoon, Wolf Blitzer asked Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who sits on the Judiciary Committee, if he agreed with Gingrich. “No, I don’t agree with that,” replied Hatch. Watch it:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper asked if the ousted speaker’s charge would “impact [his] former colleagues on Hill?” So far, it hasn’t affected Hatch, but as Media Matters has documented, much of the conservative movement has rushed to use out of context comments to tag Sotomayor as a “racist” and a “bigot.”


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Never mind that all of this is bullshit. As Keith Olbermann pointed out last night, the faux rage and despicable attacks are based on HALF the actual quote. Judge Sotomayor was saying exactly the OPPOSITE of what she's being accused of by the usual suspects.

From Keith:
And just for add meassure, MSNBC's in house racist, Pat Buchanan got into the act.


We can always count on Buchanan to advocate in favor of a system that guarantees advantages for white men. With his arguments that slavery was a good thing for black people (“It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million”), wishing for a country where whites comprise 89 or 90 percent of the population, or saying that Hispanics “do not wish to assimilate,” Buchanan has little credibility left on issues of what is fair on race and gender.

“It’s like watching a dead fish flop around on the deck,” said Lawrence O’Donnell at the end of the segment. “You’re dead on this one, Pat. It’s all over.”

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As far as I'm concerned, the more people like Newt & Rush continue taking these lines of attacks against the first Latino Supremer Court nominee, the quicker - and hard - that final nail in the GOP's "affiliation" coffin is hammered in. They're at 21% now. I can't imagine how the remaining handful of those in the Latino community who still do, will be able to continue calling themselves, Republican?

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