Republican Response To Obama’s Trayvon Martin Comment

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Republican Response To Obama’s Trayvon Martin Comment, Newt Gingrich on Monday defended his comments criticizing President Obama’s response to the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, saying the president should have empathy for all families — not just black families — who lose a child.

“Every single American of every background is endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We should be concerned about any young American of any background who ends up getting killed,” Gingrich said during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

He was asked to respond to the administration’s criticism over his initial remarks on the subject, when he termed ‘disgraceful’ Obama’s remarks that if he had a son, that son would look like Martin.

White House senior adviser David Plouffe said on CNN Sunday that Gingrich’s comments were “irresponsible” and “reprehensible.” But Gingrich stood by his remarks when he was asked to respond on Monday.

He recalled a visit by his wife, Callista, to a children’s cancer ward in the Tulane Children’s Hospital. “She was dealing with very young children. she came back and she described me 3-year-olds with leukemia. They were not children of a certain color, but they were children. we should be concerned about children of every background and all too often we’re not,” he said.

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