Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor broke her right ankle today after stumbling at La Guardia airport in New York. According to a spokesperson, she was treated at George Washington University Hospital and released to attend “her full schedule of meetings on Capitol Hill this afternoon.” Conservative talker Rush Limbaugh couldn’t resist making a joke in response to the news of her injury. Noting the incident on his radio show today, Limbaugh wondered aloud whether a “white male” would have broken his ankle under similar circumstances:
LIMBAUGH: She fractured her ankle in an airport. She stumbled in the airport on her way to senate meetings. Now, the question is, would a white male judge have fractured his ankle in the same circumstances in the same airport on the way to Senate meetings?
Rush’s “joke” was an apparent reference to a comment Sotomayor made in a speech on diversity in 2001.