Last month, Newt Gingrich joined the “not-so-subtle race-baiting” campaign against President Obama, upping the ante on his inflammatory radical right-wing rhetoric. “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asked in an interview with the National Review. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior,” he said. Today on MSNBC, host Andrea Mitchell asked Bush administration Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — who is promoting her new memoir — to comment on Gingrich’s statement:
MITCHELL: [Gingrich is] trying to marginalize the President as a non-American as an “other.”
RICE: I know Newt Gingrich, he’s a friend but that’s over the top and I think, I don’t think very helpful.
Rice isn’t the first Bush administration official to denounce Gingrich’s rhetoric. Bush White House chief of staff Andy Card said of the same comments, “I don’t think that the statements that Newt Gingrich made are helpful. … I’m disappointed.”