Martin was gunned down on Feb. 26, by self-identified volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. The killing has sparked protests around the country and reignited the debate over race in America.
In his remarks on the case to reporters Friday, Obama said hoped to see the case investigated properly because “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.“
In an interview with conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, Gingrich said he was disturbed by Obama’s comments about race.
“What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful,” Gingrich told Hannity. “It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period.”
“We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background,” Gingrich said of the case. “Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it didn’t look like him. That’s just nonsense dividing this country up.”
Gingrich added that he thought it was a “tragedy” that Martin was shot, but he said his sadness about the case had nothing to do with Martin’s race.
“It would have been a tragedy if he had been Puerto Rican or Cuban or if he had been white or if he had been Asian American of if he’d been a Native American,” he said. “At some point, we ought to talk about being Americans. When things go wrong to an American, it is sad for all Americans. Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. I really find it appalling.”