Today's Reminder That Newt Gingrich Hates Poor People: Says Poor Children Won't Work "Unless it's Illegal"

How terrifying is it to see "President Gingrich" in print these days? Answer: extremely terrifying, for a lot of reasons -- one of them being that Gingrich really, really, really hates poor people. A lot. Exhibits A-C:

Newt Gingrich On Occupy Wall Street: Protesters Should 'Get A Job' And 'Take A Bath'

Newt Gingrich 'Doesn't Understand' Why Food Stamps Are a Good Thing

Newt Gingrich: 'Bring Back Child Labor'

You get the point.

But even by his standards, Gingrich's latest remarks about poor people are especially vile. The Hill

Doubling down on his argument that children in poor neighborhoods should be employed as janitors in schools, Gingrich argued that the best way to teach children in poor neighborhoods good working habits is to put them to work as soon as possible.

“Start with the following two facts,” Gingrich said Thursday at a campaign stop in Iowa.

“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works, so they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday,” Gingrich said.

“They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it’s illegal.”

Oh really, Newt? And you want to be president of a nation with rising unemployment and poverty rates? I think I speak for all of the 99% when I say: no.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 2, 2011, 4:17am

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