Newt on New Orleans 9th Ward Residents: A “Failure of Citizenship”

Bill Scher

There’s more to say about Newt Gingrich (who looks more like a presidential candidate after today) but let me call attention to this from his grand finale address to CPAC:

He blamed the residents of New Orleans’ 9th Ward for a “failure of citizenship,” by being “so uneducated and so unprepared, they literally couldn’t get out of the way of a hurricane.”

And he called for a “deep investigation” into this “failure of citizenship.”

Here’s the full quote:

How can you have the mess we have in New Orleans, and not have had deep investigations of the federal government, the state government, the city government, and the failure of citizenship in the Ninth Ward, where 22,000 people were so uneducated and so unprepared, they literally couldn’t get out of the way of a hurricane. (emphasis original)

To listen to the audio, click here.

UPDATE: Huffington Post’s Harry Shearer reacts:

…the folks in the Ninth Ward weren’t caught by a hurricane. They were surprised at 5:30 Monday morning (according to [LSU Hurricane Center co-founder Ivor] Van Heerden’s timeline) by an eighteen-foot-high wall of water as their federally built flood protection structure catastrophically failed.

Who’s the uneducated one?

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