White House Smacks Gingrich for Calling Sotomayor a Racist
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The White House hit back at Newt Gingrich on Wednesday for a twitter post made by the former House Speaker accusing Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor of being a racist.
Early on Wednesday, Gingrich put up a post on twitter rapping Sotomayor for saying that her background as a Hispanic female allowed her to understand cases in a different, better, manner than her white male contemporaries.
"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."
Asked at the daily briefing to respond to the tweet, spokesman Robert Gibbs offered a bit of thinly-veiled frustration with Gingrich and warned against the escalation of racially heated rhetoric.
Sam Stein is a Political Reporter at the Huffington Post, based in Washington, D.C.