Gingrich: Sotomayor 'Racist,' Should Withdraw

Wednesday, 27 May 2009 02:33 PM

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Reacting to comments by President Barack Obama's court nominee that a 'wise Latina' is a better judge than a white man, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called Judge Sonia Sotomayor a 'racist' and said she should withdraw her nomination.

Gingrich's comments, which he Twittered on Wednesday, came a day after Rush Limbaugh made a similar point, calling Sotomayor a "reverse racist."

Gingrich wrote on Twitter: "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. Latina woman racist should also withdraw," Gingrich wrote, according to ABC News.

Sotomayor attempted to explain her stance during that 2001 Berkeley lecture.

Conservative pundit Coulter echoed Gingrich's sentiment on "Good Morning America" today, although she called only Sotomayor's words racist and did not specifically call for her to withdraw.

"It does a disservice to minorities -- to women and minorities -- that we are supposed to be empathizing for," Coulter said on "Good Morning America" today. "Saying that someone would decide a case differently... because she's a Latina, not a white male, that statement by definition is racist."

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