After weeks of criticism, President Barack Obama finally weighed in on the vigilante-style murder of 17 -year-old Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, 28, and GOP hopeful, Newt Gingrich, says that his words were “disgraceful,” reports ABC News.
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In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show, the Beltway veteran had this to say:
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. 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.
Ironically, this comes from a man who said that Black people should demand work, not food stamps and that Spanish was the language of the ghetto. So, apparently tragedy belongs to all Americans, but food stamps and the ghetto belong solely to Black and Latino citizens?
Thanks for clearing that up for us, Newt. Maybe you should demand an apology from the president for actually addressing “race” in America — specifically how it came into play in the murder of Trayvon Martin — leaving you, as a White politician, with one less hot button issue to capitalize and campaign on when November rolls around.
Put your race card back in your wallet, Newt. It’s not accepted here.