Leave it to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to be on the wrong side of pretty much every controversy. The latest? He considers President Barack Obama’s remarks over the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin “disgraceful.”
Earlier this week, in the wake of the public outcry over the apparent murder of Martin, who was shot by a self-proclaimed neighborhood watch captain while the young man was returning home after buying skittles, President Barack Obama personalized the event in his remarks, stating “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
Speaking on the Sean Hannity show, Gingrich made one of his most gigantic leaps yet when it comes to finding a way to criticize the president. “What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful. 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.”
Gingrich then went on to call Obama “appalling” and obviously trying to use the event as a racial wedge. “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, or 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.”
It seems that by accusing the President of caring about the victim more because he was African American, it might be Gingrich who is using race to divide, rather than the president.
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