Juan Williams defends debate question to Newt Gingrich

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From Huffington Post: Juan Williams has been receiving quite a bit of attention in the aftermath of Monday night’s GOP debate. Williams, who moderated the event, had a confrontational exchange with Newt Gingrich that earned him boos from the audience.


The Fox News contributor had raised criticism that Gingrich’s comments about food stamps and poor children’s work ethic were “intended to belittle the poor and racial minorities.” Gingrich had said that if invited to speak to the NAACP, he would urge black people to demand paychecks instead of food stamps. Williams asked, “Can’t you see that this is viewed at a minimum as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?”

On Tuesday’s “The Five,” he explained why he asked the question. When co-host Eric Bolling insisted that Gingrich’s comments were about economics and not race, Williams disagreed. He said, “It’s very racial and… unless i missed it, black people havent been out there demanding food stamps, or marching for food stamps.”

“I don’t think [Gingrich] answered the question at all,” he said

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