I really don’t think Newt Gingrich should have been smiling during this exchange. He should have called it just like it was and be serious and diligent with Chris Matthews about his obvious issues. Get mad at Matthews for his idiotic opinion … call him out … conservatives should not take this crap.
From Hardball at the RNC convention in Tampa, Fla.
Gingrich: What kind of racist thinking do you [Mathews] have … you’re being a racist because you assume [those on food stamps] are [all] black.
Right on the money. I hate to reference this hit piece on Gingrich, but here is some information.
According to U.S. Census Bureau, about 28 percent of households that receive food stamps are African American, while 59 percent are white. According to the same report, about 78 percent of American households are white, while about 12 percent are black. (The overall population is 72.4 percent white and 12.6 percent black.)
Why do I reference this CBS News piece as a hit on Gingrich? Simple, the headline reads “Gingrich singles out blacks in food stamp remark” but did he really? Of course not, the quote reported was taken out of context. The quote you see…
“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,” Gingrich said.
The real quote…
More people are on food stamps today because of Obama’s policies than ever in history. I would like to be the best paycheck president in American history. Now, there’s no neighborhood I know of in America where if you went around and asked people, “Would you rather your children had food stamps or paychecks,” you wouldn’t [SIC] end up with a majority saying they’d rather have a paycheck.
And so 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. And I’ll go to them and explain a brand new Social Security opportunity for young people, which should be particularly good for African-American males — because they’re the group that gets the smallest return on Social Security because they have the shortest life span.
So, almost two out of three people on food stamps are white, and less than one of three are black. It’s kind of obvious that most of the people on food stamps are white, but Chris Matthews and the other liberals seem to associate the term “food stamp president” with race. That’s complete hogwash.
Gingrich is being sincere in his statement, and even though less than one in four Americans on food stamps are black, Gingrich is looking at it a different way. Less than one in 10 white Americans are on food stamps, but one in four black Americans are on food stamps. Should that issue not be discussed?
Not by Gingrich I guess … only Democrats and Chris Matthews can discuss that issue… Everyone else who brings it up are racists.