Piers Morgan explains De Niro’s joke to Gingrich

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, March 22, 2012 21:28 EDT
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Piers Morgan and Newt Gingrich via CNN screenshot
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CNN host Piers Morgan on Thursday explained actor Robert De Niro’s joke about “a white first lady” to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and asked if Gingrich was being “overly pious.”

“This is the whole point,” he told the presidential candidate. “The whole point of De Niro’s comment, his joke, was precisely because many, many people were saying that kind of thing very seriously about Michelle Obama.”

At an Obama fundraiser in New York City on Monday night, De Niro said: “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”

Gingrich said the joke was “inexcusable” and “utterly, totally unacceptable.” He demanded that President Obama apologize for the comment.

“If it had been a conservative talk radio show host, who said exactly the same thing but reversed the racial reference, the left would have exploded with rage,” Gingrich told Morgan.

“But if its one of their own, and after all its only attacking Republicans, that’s perfectly appropriate because anybody on the left — as Bill Maher has proven — can say anything they want about anyone and still give a million dollars,” he added. “After all who are we to judge those on the left who are so morally superior that their use of language is always correct.”

Watch video, courtesy of CNN, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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