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Gingrich condemns black lawmaker for crime in district

(Raw Story) During a forum on race relations published online by CNN Sunday, CNN employee and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) condemned a black congressman for failing to stop gang violence in his district, saying that gang membership has increased “by 40 percent” since President Barack Obama was elected.

Speaking about Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Gingrich said: “You have a congressman who represents the most violent city in America. You have a congressman who represents a city in which over 500 people were killed last year, 74 percent of them African-American. You have a congressman who represents a city in which 80 percent of the killings, according to police, are by gangs.”

“Gangs have increased… by 40 percent since this president was elected,” he said. “There is no federal program to stop it. No one wants to have an honest conversation about it. So you have a congressman whose own district is bleeding, who puts on a hoodie as a symbolic act, but he doesn’t do anything about the gangs in his own district.”