Gingrich targets poor children in his latest commentary
Amber Tafari Laraque | 1/19/2012, 10:32 a.m.
Newt Gingrich is arguing that poor children have no sense of work ethic, and he and Donald Trump are teaming up to take care of the issue.
In some controversial statements made by Gingrich, he has stated that he believes child work laws should change so that poor children would not become forced into being pimps and prostitutes.
He said, "Really poor children, in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works so they have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day, they have no habit of I do this and you give me cash, unless it is illegal."
Many have found his comments to be upsetting, including Whoopi Goldberg who said, "I'm as offended as I have been for a long time."
But Gingrich is not letting the opinion of others deter him. He met with Trump and said, "I've asked [Trump] to take one of the poorer schools in New York and basically offer at least 10 apprenticeships to kids from that school to get them into the world of work, and to get them into an opportunity to earn money, and get them into the habit of showing up and realizing that effort gets rewarded, and that American is all about the work ethic."
Trump added, "We're going to be picking ten young, wonderful children, and we're going to make them apprenti.