Whoops! Newt Calls Shoe Bomber American

Gingrich defends Richard Reid treatment on false grounds
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2010 5:48 AM CST

On the Daily Show last night, Newt Gingrich trotted out the oft-repeated GOP complaint that Miranda Rights were read to the Detroit underwear bomber. As he has done before, Jon Stewart pointed out that Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, got the same treatment from George W. Bush's administration. Gingrich quickly rebutted, "Richard Reid was an American citizen." Only problem? Reid is a British citizen, the Huffington Post points out.

Stewart didn't call him on it, but later, when Gingrich acknowledged that part of his job is to reach out to the emotions of the American people, Stewart shot back, "I think that's wise. And don't let reality get in the way." (More underwear bomber stories.)

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