Hatch: ‘I don’t agree’ with Gingrich that Sotomayor is a ‘racist.’

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"Hatch: ‘I don’t agree’ with Gingrich that Sotomayor is a ‘racist.’"

Earlier today, ThinkProgress noted how former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) attacked Judge Sonia Sotomayor on his Twitter feed today as a “Latina woman racist” who should withdraw her nomination. On CNN this afternoon, Wolf Blitzer asked Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who sits on the Judiciary Committee, if he agreed with Gingrich. “No, I don’t agree with that,” replied Hatch. Watch it:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper asked if the ousted speaker’s charge would “impact [his] former colleagues on Hill?” So far, it hasn’t affected Hatch, but as Media Matters has documented, much of the conservative movement has rushed to use out of context comments to tag Sotomayor as a “racist” and a “bigot.”

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