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GOP Presidential Contenders Attack Obama’s Trayvon Martin Comments | BET

March 27, 2012

By Joyce Jones

By most accounts, President Obama’s heartfelt remarks in response to the tragic and unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin hit exactly the right note. Many were particularly moved when Obama said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

There have been, however, two notable exceptions: Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, who condemned the president’s remarks as “disgraceful,” and rival Rick Santorum, who is accusing the president of trying to “divide” the nation.

“What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful. We should all be horrified, no matter what the ethnic background,” Gingrich said in an interview Friday with conservative radio host Sean Hannity. “Is the president suggesting that, if it had been a white who’d been shot, that would be OK, because it wouldn’t look like him? … Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. I really find it appalling.”

Rick Santorum joined the bandwagon that same day when he told radio host Hugh Hewitt that Obama should “not use these types of horrible tragic individual cases to try to drive a wedge in America.” …

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