Conservatives Blast Gingrich After He Pays Tribute To Nelson Mandela On Facebook (VIDEO)

Newt Gingrich Pays Proper Tribute To Nelson Mandela, Conservatives Attack Him For It

Newt Gingrich Does the decent thing for once in his life an gives a great tribute to Nelson Mandela. Conservatives attack him for it.

As soon as Nelson Mandela passed away, conservatives immediately resorted to trashing the human rights icon. Not Newt Gingrich. As a member of Congress during the Reagan Administration, Gingrich supported the sanctions that helped end apartheid. In a way, one could say Gingrich had a hand in Mandela becoming President of South Africa. So when the 20th century giant died, Gingrich paid tribute to him on Facebook, enraging many conservatives in the process.

Newt Gingrich honors Nelson Mandela, only to be attacked for it by conservatives

On Thursday, upon hearing news of Nelson Mandela’s death, Gingrich posted the following message to his Facebook page.

“President Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest leaders of our lifetime. He emerged from 27 long years in prison with a wisdom, a compassion, and a commitment to helping other people that was astonishing. His life was a triumph of the human spirit. When he visited the Congress I was deeply impressed with the charisma and the calmness with which he could dominate a room. It was as if the rest of us grew smaller and he grew stronger and more dominant the longer the meeting continued. His thoughtful, disciplined, but friendly and warm personality made him a leader who could define the right policies and the right behaviors. Nelson Mandela was truly the father of an integrated, democratic South Africa. He will be an inspiration for generations to come and an historic leader worth studying for as long as people want to learn about greatness in serving others. Callista and I extend our condolences and our prayers to the Mandela family and to the people of South Africa.”

Gingrich’s tribute of Mandela was thoughtful, kind, and a total 180 degree swing from what most conservatives have said, including many conservative commenters on Gingrich’s own Facebook page.

Because not long after posting the tribute, conservatives jumped all over the former Speaker of the House. They viciously attacked Gingrich and Mandela, accusing the former of being anti-American, and the latter of being a communist murderer.

One commenter wrote:

“Newt, I was rooting for you to win the primaries and become the next president; please tell me your joking!! Mandela was a commie murderer!!”

Yet another said:

“Such an amazing re-write of history since 1962 and 1990. Newt, I thought you of all people, a historian, would be true to who this guy really was.”

And another wrote this error riddled statement attacking Gingrich, Mandela, and President Obama:

“Come on Newt. He was a communist and a murder similar to our currant president. Are you too being baffled by the main stream media.”

To read more hateful comments by conservatives in response to Gingrich’s post, visit Newt’s Facebook page.

Gingrich stood by his Mandela tribute and rebuked the hateful reactions of conservative commenters

Taken aback and disgusted by the comments, Gingrich penned a response on Saturday to those spewing right-wing vitriol at him. He wrote:

“I was surprised by the hostility and vehemence of some of the people who reacted to me saying a kind word about a unique historic figure.”

“Mandela was faced with a vicious apartheid regime that eliminated all rights for blacks and gave them no hope for the future. This was a regime which used secret police, prisons and military force to crush all efforts at seeking freedom by blacks.”

What would you have done faced with that crushing government? What would you do here in America if you had that kind of oppression?

Some of the people who are most opposed to oppression from Washington attack Mandela when he was opposed to oppression in his own country. After years of preaching non-violence, using the political system, making his case as a defendant in court, Mandela resorted to violence against a government that was ruthless and violent in its suppression of free speech. As Americans we celebrate the farmers at Lexington and Concord who used force to oppose British tyranny. We praise George Washington for spending eight years in the field fighting the British Army’s dictatorial assault on our freedom.”

Here’s video of Gingrich talking about the vile response to his tribute to Mandela via CNN:

For once, Gingrich is right

For once, Newt Gingrich is right. Nelson Mandela, faced with violent racism by the powerful white minority, had no choice but to fight back. Like the colonials of America’s founding era, Mandela fought back against an oppressive regime that denied rights to blacks. At that time, Mandela was also a young man who made passionate choices. In later life, Mandela was a peaceful man who possessed more wisdom. Of course, to the British, many of the colonists were considered terrorists as well. After all, colonials tarred and feathered loyalists and attacked private property to make a political statement (Boston Tea Party). A colonial mob burned the British ship Gatsbee to the water’s edge. Although we use words like ‘patriots’ and ‘heroes’ to describe Americans of the founding era, the fact remains that they used violence to gain independence from England. Americans may not consider it terrorism, but if you look at it from the perspective of the British, a different picture forms.

Even after Gingrich made a wonderful rebuttal to his hateful critics, they still refused to let up. Many of the comments left by right-wingers continued along the same narrative of those previously highlighted. Why do they hate Mandela so much?

Why do conservatives hate Nelson Mandela so much?

A major difference between the American colonials and Nelson Mandela is that Mandela is black. One has to wonder, if Nelson Mandela were white, would conservatives still call him a terrorist? If all the men and women on Nelson Mandela’s side were white, would conservatives have a more positive view? Almost certainly so.

Racism is a major aspect in conservatism these days. In fact, many of the same policies enacted during apartheid in South Africa have been adopted  by the GOP. Because Mandela is black, conservatives have a hostile and hateful opinion of him. It doesn’t matter to them that Mandela rose up against a powerful minority. They only see a black man destroying the oppressive agenda of the white minority. In America, conservatives think President Obama is destroying white power, which is why they hate him. If Obama were a white guy named John Smith, conservative hatred and violent rhetoric wouldn’t be nearly as bad as it currently is. It’s the same with Mandela. If the roles in South Africa were reversed and black people were the oppressive minority, conservatives would be hailing the white majority as patriots for using violence against those evil black people. To conservatives, black people are always the bad guys, while white people are always the good guys.

Does Newt Gingrich deserve the vitriol he is receiving?

Does Newt Gingrich deserve to be attacked by conservatives like this? Yes and no. On the one hand, Gingrich doesn’t deserve to be attacked because he chose to honor Mandela instead of making the typical conservative reaction. And when conservatives attacked him, he stood up to them and defended Mandela. On the other hand, Gingrich is being attacked by the very conservatives that he himself has riled up for decades. Keep in mind that Gingrich is largely responsible for turning the Republican Party into the hateful, racist, sexist, violent party that it is today. So, it’s only fitting that what goes around comes around. Now Gingrich knows exactly what his party has become and why it is destined to become extinct in the near future. Gingrich deserves to be commended for paying tribute to Nelson Mandela and standing up to the hateful conservatives in his party. But he also deserves to be pointed to and laughed at because he’s getting a taste of the hatred he instilled within his own party.