Gingrich Mocks de Blasio's 'Soy Latte Liberalism' With Starbucks Cups

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 01:46 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Newt Gingrich has poked fun at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, calling into question his progressive credentials.

After saying de Blasio is not a "courageous" progressive on CNN's "Crossfire" Thursday,  Gingrich showed a clip from the new mayor's inauguration speech in which he said tax increases for the rich would amount to no more than $3 a day, "about the cost of one small soy latte at your local Starbucks."

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With three different-sized paper Starbucks cups in front of him, Gingrich said, "Years ago, we used to talk about the Chablis and Volvo liberals in the suburbs. This gives a brand new definition of courageous. Soy latte. And not just soy latte, small."

Saying that a "genuine radical" like his co-host Van Jones would hit the rich up for a large latte, and more cautious liberals would ask for a medium latte, Gingrich quipped, "But no, de Blasio's example of courageous leadership is, 'I will change the city of New York and rich people will not pay more than a small soy latte.'"

"Do you know how hard it is for those of us who are in the business of trying to characterize liberals to have someone jump up and say 'soy latte'?" he continued.

"How do you ridicule someone who themselves is saying soy latte?"

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