Newt Gingrich's Poverty Code

  • Aired:  12/13/11
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Larry Wilmore analyzes Newt Gingrich's janitorial solution to America's poverty problem. (4:21)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: THE REPUBLICAN

PRESIDENTIAL RACE IS HEATING UP

AND IT'S HIT ON A NEW HOT-BUTTON

ISSUE: THE POOR.

HERE TO DISCUSS IT, SENIOR

POVERTY CORRESPONDENT LARRY

WILMORE.

LARRY, THANKS FOR JOINING US.

>> THANK YOU, JOHN.

JON, I'M EXCITED.

THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A NEW

FRONT-RUNNER, AN IDEA MAN WHO'S

NOT AFRAID TO TAKE ON A TOUGH

ISSUE LIKE POVERTY.

>> REALLY POOR CHILDREN IN

REALLY POOR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE

NO HABITS OF WORKING.

AND HAVE NOBODY AROUND THEM WHO

WORKS.

SO THEY HAVE NO HABIT OF SHOWING

UP ON MONDAY.

>> I'M SPEECHLESS, JON.

HAS HE EVER HEARD OF THE WORKING

SNORE DOES HE THINK IF YOU HAVE

TWO JOBS THEY CANCEL EACH OTHER

OUT?

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: WELL, GINGRICH DID

TAKE HEAT FOR THAT COMMENT AND

HE CLARIFY IT HAD COMMENT SOON

AFTER.

>> SOME PEOPLE WHO SUGGEST THAT

THE WORKING POOR BY DEFINITION

KNOW HOW TO WORK, WHICH IS TRUE,

THAT'S WHY THEY'RE CALLED THE

WORKING POOR.

I WAS TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO

COME OUT OF AREAS AND

NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE THEY MAY NOT

HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE.

>> OKAY, HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT

POOR PEOPLE, HE'S TALKING ABOUT

POOR BLACK PEOPLE.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

CHUCK, COULD YOU CHANGE MY...

OH, THANK YOU.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: BUT LARRY HE DIDN'T

SAY BLACK.

>> NO, JON, THOSE ARE HIS EXACT

WORDS.

HE SAID "IN NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE

THEY MAY NOT HAVE THAT

EXPERIENCE."

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: THAT'S CODE FOR BLACK?

>> NO, IT'S CODE FOR INNER CITY

WHICH IS CODE FOR URBAN WHICH IS

CODE FOR BLACK.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: THAT'S A LOT OF CODES.

>> WELL, JON, IT'S 2011, YOU

CAN'T JUST CALL POOR BLACK

PEOPLE LAZY.

>> Jon: HE DIDN'T USE THE WORD

"LEI ZI" EITHER.

>> RIGHT, HE SAID WE HAVE NO

HABIT OF SHOWING UP ON MONDAY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: CODE FOR LAZY.

>> WELL, TECHNICALLY CODE FOR

SHIFTLESS WHICH IS CODE FOR LAZY

WHICH IS CODE FOR BLACK.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: WELL, IT FEELS LIKE

YOU'RE MAKING A LEAP THAT HE'S

TALKING ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE.

SHOULDEN WE GIVE HIM THE BENEFIT

OF THE DOUBT?

>> WELL, MAYBE, BUT LET'S PLAY A

LITTLE MORE.

>> WE HAVE 43% BLACK TEENAGE

UNEMPLOYMENT.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT...

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

LOOK, SHOULDN'T NEWT GINGRICH

GET CREDIT FOR ADDRESSING WHAT

IS A REAL ISSUE-- BLACK POVERTY?

>> RIGHT, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW

THERE WAS A BLACK POVERTY, JON,

I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST POVERTY.

OKAY?

WE CAN'T EVEN BE POOR AS GOOD AS

YOU GUYS?

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: LARRY, THAT'S NOT

TRUE.

YOU'RE VERY GOOD AT... I MEAN,

YOU'RE...

(LAUGHTER).

I'M ALL SCREWED UP NOW!

>> JON, SOMEHOW WHEN BLACK

PEOPLE ARE POOR IT'S THEIR

FAULT.

THEY'RE ON WELFARE AND LAZY BUT

IN POOR WHITE APPALACHIA IT'S

NOT A PROBLEM, IT'S CHINA'S

FAULT OR INDIA'S FAULT OR ALL

THE MONEY WE'RE SPENDING ON

BLACK PEOPLE ON WELFARE.

I'M SORRY, INNER CITY GOVERNMENT

SUBSIDY RECIPIENTS.

CODE, JON.

> Jon: I GET IT..>

BUT DOES IT MATTER WHOSE FAULT

IT IS?

>> YES, JON!

IT DOES.

IT MATTERS TO THE SOLUTION.

HERE'S GINGRICH'S.

>> IT WOULD BE GREAT IF INNER

CITY SCHOOLS AND POOR

NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS ACTUALLY

HIRED THE CHILDREN TO DO THINGS.

WHAT IF THEY CLEANED OUT THE

BATHROOMS AND WHAT IF THEY MOP

IT HAD FLOORS?

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

SEE, JON?

SO HIS PLAN TO FIX AMERICA IS

FOR BLACK KIDS TO START CLEANING

TOILETS?

HEY, WHAT'D YOU LEARN IF SCHOOL

TODAY, SON?

I LEARNED BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO

CHEW THEIR FOOD BETTER, DAD.

HE WANTS TO GIVE KIDS JOBS BY

FIRING THEIR PARENTS FROM ONE OF

THE FEW JOBS THEY CAN GET.

>> Jon: I'M SURE HE HAD GOOD

REASON.

>> THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO BECOME A

PIMP OR PROSTITUTE OR DRUG

DEALER.

(AUDIENCE REACTS).

>> Jon: WOW.

>> YUP.

DREAM BIG, BLACK PEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER)

HEY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A

PIMP, PROSTITUTE OR DRUG DEALER,

YOU COULD CLEAN UP PEOPLE'S

(BLEEP).

(APPLAUSE)

HEY!

COME ON!

GINGRICH, 2012!

YES, WE CLEAN.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: LARRY WILMORE,

EVERYBODY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(C

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