Yesterday, Gingrich expounded and removed any doubts about that classism and racism.
Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of “I do this and you give me cash,” unless it’s illegal.
I've been so deeply angry since I read what he said that I've struggled with finding words to express it. My title here is a quote from an article by Rick Ungar that said if for me.
It's important to remember the facts.
...there are more than 10 million low-income (earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level) working families in this country - representing 45 million Americans, 22 million of which are children?
These are the very people who live in the poor neighborhoods that Gingrich is talking about -the communities where Newt seems to believe that people don’t understand working for a dollar unless it involves doing something illegal.
I'd just add that I'm sure there's plenty of continuity in the minds of both Gingrich and his audience about the race of those "really poor people who live in really poor neighborhoods" and don't know how to make money unless is means doing something illegal.
So let's just compare what it is a child learns from a single mother who works 2 jobs cleaning up other people's shit in order to put food on the table to what a child learns from their investment banker parent who sat at his/her computer all day setting up the shady deals that collapsed the entire global economy. Or the child of a disgraced politician who earns $60,000 for making a speech about poor children who don't know how to work.
I agree with Ungar...that is definitely the most offensive speech I've heard spoken by an American politician. And I'll shut up now before I say the other words that come to mind when talking about a sociopath like Newt Gingrich.