Even though on Meet The Press yesterday, Newt Gingrich declared that he was not a racist, this is what Nicole Belle of Crooks & Liars took from the complete interview with David Gregory and Newt Gingrich:
Wait, what’s that I hear? It’s faint, but growing louder….
Oh, that’s it. It’s the dog whistle of racial politics entering the 2012 presidential race, courtesy of Mr. White Privilege himself, Newt Gingrich.
Earlier this week, Gingrich spoke at a Georgia Republican Party convention and distinguished his potential presidency from President Obama’s thusly:
At one point during the speech, Gingrich derided progressive economic policies that value public investment and spending to get back to work, saying that “we’re at the crossroads” and that “down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system” and the other road is a “proud, solid reaffirmation of American exceptionalism.” He then went on to declare Obama to be a “food stamp president”:
GINGRICH: President Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history. [...] I would like to be the most successful paycheck president in American history.
“Food stamp president”? Nope, no loaded imagery there. Every sentient being with an IQ in the triple digits saw that statement for what it is: a racist dog whistle. Even David Gregory couldn’t ignore it and had to ask Newtster about it. Newt predictably protesteth too much and doubled down on the dog whistle by saying that we just don’t want all of America to be too much like Detroit.
Yeah, that made the racist overtones all better, didn’t it?
- Newt Gingrich: ‘I Have Never Said Anything About President Obama Which Is Racist’ (mediaite.com)
- Gingrich Calls Obama A “Food Stamp President” But Got His District Huge Federal Dollars (alan.com)
- Gingrich Talks About Past Mistakes, Accusations of Racism, and Why He Won’t Run on the Ticket as Number Two (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Newt Gingrich and “the food stamp president” (salon.com)
- May 15: 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk (thedailybeast.com)
- “What I said is factually true. And to hide behind the charge of racism? I have never said anything…” (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Gingrich For Ryan’s Budget Before Being Against It (swampland.time.com)