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‘Food stamp president’: Gingrich’s words of hate

By Walter Mosley, Special to CNN
updated 8:26 AM EST, Thu January 26, 2012

'Food stamp president': Gingrich's words of hate
GOP candidate Newt Gingrich appears at a campaign event on January 25 in Cocoa, Florida

Editor’s note: Walter Mosley is the author of more than 34 books, including the mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins and his latest featuring Leonid McGill. He has won an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His newest book is “All I Did Was Shoot My Man” (Riverhead Books).

(CNN) — Newt Gingrich is a political opportunist. His job is to pack as much powerfully charged meaning into every sentence as he can, which makes him a working poet.  So he knows full well that calling someone a “food stamp president” brings up the working person’s fear, looming reality, and in some cases the actual experience, of unemployment — while making a shout-out to racism and affixing a stigma to poverty. All the while hiding behind the symbol of a flag.

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