As the Senate is poised to confirm confirms Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's first ever Supreme Court justice of Hispanic descent, anti-gay, anti-science and pro-global warming Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma calls the new Supreme Court justice a "racist" on the Senate floor.
Think Progress reports the right-wing senator had "very different things to say about a fellow Southern white conservative", the anti-gay and pro-segregation former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS).
After Lott claimed that America would have avoided "all these problems" if it had put a segregationist in the White House, Inhofe quickly came to Lott’s defense: "In an effort to honor the life and service of Strom Thurmond, Senator Lott made some comments that he probably wishes he had phrased differently," Inhofe said. "I do not believe Senator Lott meant to be malicious or racist with the comments he made. I believe he was merely honoring a great American on his 100th birthday. "