Charles Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and regular pundit for Fox News Channel, interpreted comments by Judge Sonia Sotomayor to mean that she thinks Latina women are superior to white males. "She says as a wise Latina, she has endowments which make her superior to a white judge," Krauthammer told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
In several speeches Sotomayor said, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion." The White House had said that Sotomayor made a poor word choice and many supporters have offered a different interpretation of her remarks.
"What's she trying to communicate here is that she's different and that she is not feeling as if she has to stand in line and just be like other white male judges who went to Yale university's law school," said NPR's Juan Williams.
But Krauthammer sees Sotomayor's remarks as an indication that she thinks her gender and ethnicity are superior. "The civil rights movement abolished the idea of superior race or class or ethnicity in America," explained Krauthammer. "Are we going to have a person like her who believes that some ethnicities are endowed with a superior endowment and superior judgment and superior entitlements as a result of race?"
This video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast June 7, 2009.