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Sun Jan 8, 2012, 04:49 PM

Black Man Confronts Gingrich On Food Stamps Comments: ‘Stop Using Blacks As A Punching Bag’

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich defended himself today against charges of racial insensitivity by noting that he’s worked with African-American leaders in the past.

At a town hall event meant to appeal to Latino voters at a Mexican restaurant in Manchester, an African-American man confronted Gingrich about recent comments he made that have drawn the ire of the NACCP and other civil rights leader. Gingrich controversially said last week, “I’m prepared, if the NAACP invites me, I’ll go to their convention and talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”

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At the event today, Yvan Lamothe, a 59-year-old former New Hampshire state employee and small business owner, drew strong applause from the crowd when he told Gingrich that he has never taken welfare or food stamps and was offended by Gingrich’s suggestion that most African Americans do. Gingrich responded with something like the classic “some of my best friends are black” defense, noting that he has worked with people like Condaleeza Rice and Colin Powell in the past:

LAMOTHE: My question to you is, do think blacks represent an American problem. And if you don’t think that, when you start using blacks in general as a stepping stone or a punching bag–

GINGRICH: I didn’t say that. I just want to say that frankly this makes me very irritated. The Democratic National Committe took totally out of context half of the sentence, OK? I mean clearly somebody who’s served with Colin Powell, who has served with Condaleeza Rice, I have a fairly good sense of the fact that African Americans have many contributions to America.

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http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/01/08/400175/black-man-confronts-gingrich-food-stamps/


Newtie played the I have a black friend card.

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Reply Black Man Confronts Gingrich On Food Stamps Comments: ‘Stop Using Blacks As A Punching Bag’ (Original post)
one_voice Jan 2012 OP
MADem Jan 2012 #1
pinboy3niner Jan 2012 #4
Fire Walk With Me Jan 2012 #16
ellisonz Jan 2012 #27
Atman Jan 2012 #2
justiceischeap Jan 2012 #3
Curmudgeoness Jan 2012 #8
bigtree Jan 2012 #5
T S Justly Jan 2012 #6
southernyankeebelle Jan 2012 #7
T S Justly Jan 2012 #11
southernyankeebelle Jan 2012 #18
riderinthestorm Jan 2012 #21
southernyankeebelle Jan 2012 #23
Bluenorthwest Jan 2012 #31
southernyankeebelle Jan 2012 #35
LiberalAndProud Jan 2012 #9
spanone Jan 2012 #10
Control-Z Jan 2012 #12
evilkumquat Jan 2012 #13
treestar Jan 2012 #14
Tarheel_Dem Jan 2012 #15
City Lights Jan 2012 #17
MMJjestic Jan 2012 #19
zbdent Jan 2012 #20
RainDog Jan 2012 #22
Control-Z Jan 2012 #24
Botany Jan 2012 #25
LiberalAndProud Jan 2012 #26
Raine1967 Jan 2012 #30
Crowman1979 Jan 2012 #28
Zalatix Jan 2012 #29
Johnny2X2X Jan 2012 #32
vaberella Jan 2012 #33
Blacksheep214 Jan 2012 #34
Evasporque Jan 2012 #36
ecstatic Jan 2012 #37
ProgressiveEconomist Jan 2012 #40
ProgressiveEconomist Jan 2012 #41
joeybee12 Jan 2012 #38
agentS Jan 2012 #39
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Jan 2012 #42

Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 04:53 PM

1. Good for the questioner to push that jerk. Newtie always is "irritated."

He acts like he has a perpetually raging case of jock itch, or something.

I see the sun setting on his bloviated self.

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 04:58 PM

4. Newt's just an 'angry little attack muffin'

That's what Peggy Noonan called him, lol!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002134034

And it looks like Yvan Lamothe pwned him!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:34 PM

16. :D

 

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 05:17 AM

27. Liar!

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 04:54 PM

2. That's totally unfair

I'm sure some of Newt's best friends have employed blacks who've been on food stamps!

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 04:55 PM

3. I wish someone would confront him with the fact that the majority of food stamp

recipients are white.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:09 PM

8. No one want to hear the truth.

Don't you know that by now??? And it is especially true of whites, who want to think that they have some superiority.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:01 PM

5. that's it

 

folks out here don't stand for that shit

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:03 PM

6. Wonderful to see and hear that. K&R (nt)

 

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:06 PM

7. Finally a black citizen speaks up and tells it like it is and his answer of having black friends

 

don't cut it. As a white person I am offend by Gringrich comments especially when he grew up in a military family he should know better to say stuff like that.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:22 PM

11. There have been many Black citizens who've spoken up and told it like it is ...

 

Social media is just beginning to record the events. Otherwise, I agree with your post.

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Response to T S Justly (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 06:05 PM

18. Other then the computer I don't have facebook or twitter

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #18)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 09:34 PM

21. If you have a computer, you can have facebook and twitter which are free. nt

 

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #21)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 09:55 PM

23. I use to have facebook but I am off now. I just don't like it. I am not into twitter.

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 10:38 AM

31. Gee African American citizens speak against this racism all the time, long prior to

 

Twitter etc. To claim that they are 'finally' doing so is to me, sort of naff and totally incorrect. Finally? Really? That's how you see it?

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #31)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 12:52 PM

35. My comment wasn't meant to offend you and if I did please except my apologies.

 

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:10 PM

9. That Newt sure has a tin ear.

Newt (some of my best friends are black, so what's it to you if I'm a racist bigot) Gingrich has no appreciation for the finer notes he sings.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:11 PM

10. he's excrement.

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Response to spanone (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:22 PM

12. That is Santorum you're thinking of.

He has a gay friend.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:22 PM

13. "I have a fairly good sense of the fact that African Americans have many contributions to America."

Yeah.

Where would the infrastructure of the South be without it?

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:23 PM

14. Newtie is irritated?

Does he think that matters? He needs a thicker skin.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:32 PM

15. Now pull the other one, Newtie.



My question is, why weren't these questions posed by the likes of Hermain Cain, Michael Steele, and Condi Rice? Instead, they'll come out in defense of shit like this. Herman Cain's a bigger racist than Newtie, which is his appeal to the far right.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:39 PM

17. Keep digging, Newt. eom

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 06:25 PM

19. I thought Newtie would say he wasn't using Black People as punching bags

He meant "Blah" people!

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 08:30 PM

20. Before running for President, and while actually "employed" as a Republican politician ...

did Newt ever accept an invitation from the NAACP, and actually show up to listen to them?

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 09:38 PM

22. k&r n/t

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 12:23 AM

24. Are those family

members with him in the photograph? They sure do have a look about them.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 03:03 AM

25. When did Newt serve w/ Condi Rice?

Sounds like Newt is just making stuff up again.

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Response to Botany (Reply #25)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 03:24 AM

26. Interesting this.

Newt: I Support Condi
by Robert B. Bluey — 07-27-2006 @ 03:21 PM

Contrary to a published report, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is not plotting to have Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice transferred out of the State Department.
http://www.humanevents.com/rightangle/index.php?id=15265&title=newt_i_support_condi


Newt Gingrich accuses State Department of undermining Bush's policies
PM - Wednesday, 23 April , 2003 18:35:00
Reporter: Alison Caldwell
MARK COLVIN: In the United States, the White House has been forced to defend the role of the State Department under Secretary of State Colin Powell. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich has accused the State Department of deliberately and systematically undermining the policies of President Bush.
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2003/s838759.htm


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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #26)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 10:25 AM

30. So, *THAT* is Newt's definition of "Worked with" is?

That friggin laughable.

I was going to asked the same question that was asked above. Your answer is amazing. He never worked with Rice. I would say he BARELY worked with Colin Powell.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 09:39 AM

28. Newt is so full of s*&$ that he's about to burst out of his armani suit!

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 09:45 AM

29. And the GOP accuses Democrats of race pandering???

 

Seriously?

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 10:52 AM

32. Wow

The longer this Primary goes the more stupid statements you hear from the Republicans. They changed their rules to proportional delegates and it is going to kill them, this will drag out for months and not only will they spend millions, but the candidates are also forced to be crazier and crazier.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 10:56 AM

33. You have to love Gingrich though. What I said is not what I said. He always says that. n/t

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 12:33 PM

34. President Obama will shred any Rethug in a debate.

 

They have been spreading so much crap they no longer can tell the truth.

I want a debate moderated by FactCheck.org. I want a panel of Jeopardy judges on computers calling Bullshit as they say it, 2 minute delay on the broadcast.

Have you EVER heard any non-white brag about how some of their best friends are white?

These cons will never believe (as I recall someone famous say in a speech), "there is only a United States of America. (No black, brown, etc.)

They need to be asked if they even understand what UNITED means. Bush didn't!

Look up Elitist and see pics of Gingrich and Romney. Now see who they try to brand with the label.

Americans need to turn off the reality crap on TV and pay attention to real life.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 01:04 PM

36. The Muffin is angry....nt

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 06:30 PM

37. The full comment is even better:

“My point is… you mentioned that black people should be able to earn a paycheck, not be on welfare, implying that black people in general are on welfare. And I really took exception to that because it demeans my accomplishments, my hard work, because I have worked all my life. I have never been on welfare.”

Lamothe, who has earned a master’s degree, continued:

“You know about history. You know that back in the 1930s, Hitler started talking in Germany about a Jewish problem. My question to you is, do you think that blacks represent an American problem, and if you don’t think that, will you stop using blacks in general as a stepping stone or a punching bag?”

Read more - http://w.po.st/share/entry/redir?publisherKey=Inquisitr.com-607&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inquisitr.com%2F178172%2Fgingrich-taken-to-task-at-town-hall-for-linking-black-people-with-food-stamps%2F&title=Gingrich%20Taken%20to%20Task%20at%20Town%20Hall%20For%20Linking%20Black%20People%20With%20Food%20Stamps&sharer=copypaste

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Response to ecstatic (Reply #37)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 07:46 PM

40. Whoa! Thanks for posting that--

IMO no network is going to report that reference to "the final solution"--except maybe Keith Olberman's.

IMO Lamothe should get his full 15 minutes of fame for that bold confrontation of a powerful Republican icon.

Maybe Lamothe will help mute the "dog whistles" Gingrich and Santorum are bound to blow as the campaign moves to a citadel of white racism--South Carolina.

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Response to ecstatic (Reply #37)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 08:26 PM

41. New thread I built around yr post

IMO this post must not be buried deep in this thread. I just created a new GD thread (at http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002145120 ) devoted to the failure of major media outlets to report Lamothe's full question. To me, the lack of coverage of the full import of Lamothe's question is an important phenomenon in itself.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 06:32 PM

38. Good for Yvan...put that worthless POS on notice! knr

 

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 06:58 PM

39. He was just on Al Sharpton's show

Y'all should see the segment after it posts. It was really moving.

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Response to one_voice (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 09:25 PM

42. I love when he gets "irritated"

He knows he's been fucking caught for the bigoted fuck he is.

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