Gingrich Calls President’s Comments on Trayvon Martin “Disgraceful” and “Appalling”

Mar 24, 2012
9:28 pm

Mediate ran the following segment from The Sean Hannity radio show where GOP candidate Newt Gingrich took offense to President Obama's comments about the  death of Trayvon Martin.

Here is the Mediate embed:


This is the text of what Gingrich said:

“What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful,” Gingrich said on the Hannity Radio show. “It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background.

“Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it didn’t look like him. That’s just nonsense dividing this country up. It is a tragedy this young man was shot. It would have been a tragedy if he had been Puerto Rican or Cuban or if he had been white or if he had been Asian American of if he’d been a Native American. At some point, we ought to talk about being Americans. When things go wrong to an American, it is sad for all Americans. Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. I really find it appalling.”

Well, Newt, let us explain, since you once again miss the point. Here goes:

  • The President spoke as a parent and tried to connect his feelings as a parent to the tragedy of what happened to Trayvon Martin and his parents.
  • It is interesting that you actual mentioned "Puerto Rican" or "Cuban" because psst, Newt, you are mixing ethnic group with racial makeup. Guess what? A Puerto Rican or a Cuban could also look like Trayvon, and while we are at, so could others from other ethnic groups.
  • The President did not turn it into a "racial issue" as you claim. We heard remorse, honesty, speaking from the heart, and being a dad.
  • While we are on the topic of race, where is your outage, Mr. Gingrich? Why did you wait to say something about this tragedy only AFTER the President spoke? Why do you as a national leader continue to create this image of the President as being a "race baiter?" Do you not even accept that a person of color might have had a different experience growing up than you?
  • You, Mr. Gingrich, are the one dividing Americans for this very simple reason: you would rather speak of children of color becoming school janitors because they have no work ethic. You talk about Spanish being the language of the ghetto and not the language of prosperity because you quite frankly are afraid of a changing America. You cling to a past (yes, a racial past) where power was held by a select few of white people. Is that being racist on our part? No, that is just being factual. Yet, the moment when intelligent and eloquent men and women of color or those who didn't grow up in an American mythical place you still cling to, you actually express intelligence and class, you, Mr. Gingrich, incite fear and division. You are the one afraid of change of a browner America because it is a country you do not want, nor does the base (all 8% of it) that supports you. And instead of standing WITH the President as a parent, as a grandparent, as an American, you scream race-baiting and suggest white oppression, which, last time we checked, is kind of an oxymoron.

You, Mr. Gingrich, don't have the cojones to speak from your heart, to express your authentic outage about a senseless tragedy where a boy gets killed and a man who had a gun on him is still scott free. Instead, you are offended by the President of the United States for expression the very radical concept of love (we think that is what the guy who inspired your Catholic Church preached?).

And you wonder why, Mr. Gingrich, you are like the Seattle Mariners right now: eternally in fourth place.