Newt Gingrich, the man who recently said that President Obama behaves like a Muslim and therefore deserves to be mistaken for one, wishes the president would stop playing the race card and using divisive language. He was referring to Obama's comments yesterday about the Trayvon Martin shooting, in which the president noted, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."
Gingrich's remarks, from his appearance on The Sean Hannity Show on radio:
"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."
Here are some examples of Gingrich's unifying rhetoric (with thanks to Media Matters):