Sarah Palin defends Newt Gingrich

May 20th, 2011 - 2:37 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, May 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich came under barrage of criticism when he called President Barack Obama the “most successful food stamp president” in the history of the United States. The former speaker of the House was speaking to a group of Republicans at a political rally in Georgia when he made those comments.

The comments were made earlier this month. Some commentators have called Gingrich racist for making those comments but former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin doesn’t believe that. On Wednesday, Palin told Sean Hannity of Fox News that it was rather those who were questioning Gingrich who were being racist.

In reference to an interview between Gingrich and David Gregory, Palin said that, “Well, talk about racism, that was a racist-tinged question from David Gregory… He made it sound like if you’re black, you’re on food stamps and the president is referring to you as being on food stamps. I think that’s racist.”

When Gingrich appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” show, Gregory asked the GOP hopeful why he chose to make a statement which could be considered racist. Gingrich never agreed to that assertion and he later accused Gregory of setting him up. Gingrich has been highly criticized after the interview.

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