This Newt Gingrich character stay saying some racist isht:
Mitt Romney accuses Newt Gingrich of calling Spanish a “ghetto language.” Close, but not quite. Gingrich denies doing so and said he merely promoted the use of English, “period.” That’s even more of a stretch. The last Republican presidential debate before the GOP Florida primary Thursday brought viewers a blitz of charges and countercharges over immigration, the financial lives of the candidates and more. Here are how some of the claims compare with the facts:
GINGRICH: “It’s taken totally out of context…. I did not say it about Spanish. I said in general about all languages. We are better for children to learn English in general, period.”
THE FACTS: At issue is Romney’s Spanish-language radio ad running in Florida that says Gingrich branded Spanish a ghetto language in a 2007 speech. In the contentious remarks in question, much more came after Gingrich’s “period.”
In his speech to the National Federation of Republican Women, Gingrich advocated making English the official language, a position he still holds, and added: “We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.”
He did not explicitly call Spanish a ghetto language. But at the time, the remark was widely taken to mean Spanish, overwhelmingly the main foreign language spoken in the United States and the primary language of many immigrants. Gingrich recognized as much when, in response to a Hispanic backlash against his remark, he made an online video days after the speech in which he more or less apologized for his choice of words and for producing “a bad feeling within the Latino community.”
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