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Newt Gingrich Still Thinks Food Stamps Are Just An African-American Issue [Video]


Newt Gingrich Still Thinks Food Stamps Are Just An African-American Issue


Revealing a smug defiance to his previous outlandish statements, GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich further decried the furor that arose after his controversial stances on public assistance and poor African-Americans and other minorities. During Monday night’s (January 16) GOP debate in South Carolina, Gingrich was confronted by Fox News analyst Juan Williams regarding his statements toward Black Americans and poverty, dismissing the matter altogether by saying his comments were not offensive.

From Monday’s debate, the transcribed portion of the exchange reads as follows:

Juan Williams: Speaker Gingrich, you recently said black Americans should demand jobs, not food stamps. You also said poor kids lack a strong work ethic, and proposed having them work as janitors in their schools. Can’t you see that this is viewed, at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?

Gingrich: No, I don’t see that.

Gingrich’s response elicited a hearty round of applause. Williams followed with, “And I got to tell you, my email account and my Twitter account has been inundated with people of all races who are asking if your comments are not intended to belittle the poor and racial minorities.”

Gingrich, in true politician fashion, used the GOP-friendly crowd to his advantage. “First of all, Juan, the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history,” Gingrich said amid cheers from the audience. “Now, I know among the politically correct you’re not supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable.”

Gingrich attempted to clean up his point, concluding by saying, “I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job and learn someday to own the job.”

Gingrich and his current bid for his party’s nomination was under heavy scrutiny after the former Speaker Of The House made a gaffe at the expense of poor black Americans. Gingrich told attendees at a New Hampshire town hall meeting earlier in the month that he would urge, in front of the NAACP, that African-Americans should demand paychecks and not accept food stamps.

Newt Gingrich’s hollow remarks miss the mark as statistically, white Americans are the largest recipients of welfare. The White House responded Tuesday (January 17) to Gingrich’s assertion that Barack Obama is responsible for the increase of food stamps for the nation’s poor. “You know as well as I do that that’s crazy,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney of Gingrich’s comments.

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  • Nick

    If your black and on welfare then I can see why Newt comments may have offended you,but did you hear the reaction from the crowd?There are black people who are hard workers and some of them are very rich just like any other rich person in this world,but what I got out of this question was Mr.Williams trying to make race an issue once again.At one time or another,every race of people have had their country invaded,people forced into slavery and loved ones slaughtered but for some reason there are people from African American communities that want to blame others for why they quit school,why they commit crimes,why they should get welfare,why the whites should pay more and more,yet,I never hear a African from any other country making the claims they do here and why they should get free cost of living.The Spainards where the ones who brought you here and their hispanic,why do you keep blamming the whites.I’m poor and have major health problems but my wife works two jobs,7 days a week,I worked for 25yrs prior too getting sick.If either of us lost a job we went out and found another one and have always stayed employed.Just look at it this way,if you worked and made your money and I told you to give me half,I bet most of you out there would say,hell no!Thou shalt not covet,that is what is happening.We all want too be rich and when we can’t,we want too take what isn’t ours.When we go too heaven if we make it their,the good book says that the rich will be lower than the poor.The people who don’t want too know the truth are in sinful lifes and afraid too read the truth,which is the Holy Bible,and the truth is that this is satan’s world and it will never be perfect,God said that from the begining.Satan wanted what wasn’t his nor did he create.God is perfect and everything he created is perfect,just like his plan for us,and when it’s revealed too us,we will say,what a awesome God he is,what a perfect plan that only a perfect God could create!For the people who want too ask me where did God come from,and why did he create Satan,etc?For every one question I can’t answer from you,I can ask you 10 questions about your theory.I’ve seen God with my own eyes so I don’t have too wonder if he’s real or not,and I’m so positive of it,I would bet my life along with my wife and six children that he’s real.By the way,did you hear the statistic Mr.Santorum gave about the study done to cut poverty,If you get an 12th grade education,get a job,and get married before having children.The study was a 2009 Brooking Institute study.Why wasn’t this mentioned in your Juan Williams question or brought up.God Bless America and all my fellow American brothers and sisters.

  • Guest

    There are more Latinos on food stamps then any other Race combine because all they know how to do is make babies and they make many of them, so they can get more then their neighbors.