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Ex-Child Janitor Trashes Newt Gingrich’s Revolutionary Economic Plan (VIDEO)

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At a Newt Gingrich event on Wednesday (THESE CONTINUE TO EXIST, though what is meant by “event” may only amount to a release of gas), a man who spent part of his high school years working as a janitor explained to Gingrich that, you know, if he has to be honest, better economic ideas have been proposed than having children clean up each other’s doo-doo and wee-wee in between classes. Hector Cendejas took time out of his life to go meet this human set of deflated bagpipes and tell him that he was “offended” by this great man’s revolutionary brainwave.

At the event, held at Georgetown University, Cendejas, a 2010 Georgetown graduate, had this to say:

Back in high school, I was a janitor in my own high school, which was a private school. For me, it was embarrassing to be a janitor at my own high school because I was with the rich kids. I was poor. My mom was working super hard. I did not feel empowered by serving my classmates. Why not invest on these kids to work for law firms, hospitals and get paid to develop better skills?

Gingrich’s response! It is a sight to see:

Did you find it useful financially to earn the money?

Cendejas (who also explained that his parents were undocumented immigrants):

I mean, I need to help my mom…Thank God I had Georgetown to save my butt, you know? … All my friends, they’re pregnant, they’re in gangs, in jail, and we did the same job, working as janitors. So for me, your remark was a little offensive towards me.

If you’re thinking that Gingrich’s response was, “Well maybe you should be grateful for that job, because maybe you were the best janitor of them all, and your dedication to getting the crap and the mold from the very top of the inside of the toilet bowl, where most people never look, really showed Georgetown that you could handle the kind of rigorous course load that this prestigious university requires of its students,” you would surprisingly be wrong. Instead the whoopie cushion replied:

I’m sorry if you were offended. Both of my daughters worked as janitors at the local Baptist Church and they earned the money and they didn’t think it was demeaning, and they actually liked the idea that they earned their own money as kids, and they kept their own money because they thought work had inherent dignity.

Cendejas was determined to let this Great American Debater get his money’s worth, so he retorted:

But they come from a wealthy family.

And so their janitorial duties were just quaint and faux-humble, and anyway, the ghost of Jesus would probably come into the bathroom stalls and pre-clean everything for the Gingrich gals.

G.A.D. couldn’t let the ex-janitor have the point, of course, so:

That’s not the point. You and I just disagree.

Oh, farts, that’s the end of that. Anyway, here’s the video:

[Raw Story]

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112 comments

  1. nounverb911

    "Both of my daughters worked as janitors at the local Baptist Church"
    Is that after you abandoned their mother?

    1. ph7

      Cleaning a high school bathroom v. a Baptist Church bathroom? I suspect people shit before they go to church, not during halftime of the sermon. And, in any event you gotta figure people use their best shitting etiquette in god's house. High school bathroom? Might as well by the NJ Turnpike Rest Area 37 stalls.

  2. anniegetyerfun

    Oh, look, Newt put on his condescending face for this one! I mean, not that he ever takes it off.

    And I call bullshit on his kids EVER working as janitors. They might have helped straighted up the cupcake table at one point.

    1. boobookitteh

      Exactly. If his daughters ever had to clean up poo stains, I'll lick his toilet seat.

    2. Ruhe

      His "condescending face"…that's the one where the dog whistles for itself. No doubt Newt is already working on a way to encode this story in such a way that he can tell it to his next audience. Something like "You may have heard about my encounter the other day with a man of Hispanic heritage who related to me that he had an actual job once but didn't like it and I thought to myself 'well, these people. what are you going to do?'"…only sufficiently cryptologized to be playable on Fox.

  3. Fukui-sanYesOta

    Did you find it useful financially to earn the money?

    Said the man whose political campaign relies on handouts from wealthy fucksticks.

  4. Allmighty_Manos

    In about six months or so, we will all have forgotten that Newt ever ran for president to begin with. Any partial memories of this unfortunate event we will assume to be the product of a bad dream.

  5. GuanoFaucet

    Kid should have retorted:

    "Did you find it useful financially to leave your cancer-stricken wife?"

  6. James Michael Curley

    That photo reminds me how glad I am that I am not Japanese.
    Also, I have always feared that some day something will come up from the pipes and bite me in the ass.

      1. James Michael Curley

        Yea, sure! Now you’re going to tell me it was invented by General Doolitle.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      I was in one of those-style bathrooms at the Acropolis of Athens when it was invaded by a tour group of Mary Kay Cosmetic sales ladiez from Newtie's home state of Georgia, USA. Never before or since have I seen so many people having their minds blown at one time … and it wasn't from the beauty of the Parthenon. "I'm supposed to WHAAAAT??" and "Whatdaya meeeeeen there's no toilet paper!!!" And, yes, they all looked like Callista. I was tempted to invite the Japanese tourists in to take pictures.

  7. nounverb911

    And what embarrassing jobs did my fellow Wonkettes have while in high school? I drove a bookmobile for the local library.

    1. prommie

      I was a frycook for a large seafood restaurant, not at all unlike spongebob squarepants, but I did graduate to saute cook and broiler cook and finally, king of the line, "coordinator."

    2. Jus_Wonderin

      I worked at the "Wise Stop". Uniquely named as it was owned by the Wise family. I am not sure what I made per hour but it was in a small town so it was fun. Working the cashbox, stocking, cutting meat, mopping, locking up at night at 9 (looking over my shoulder so I didn't get clubbed by a ne'r-do-well.

    3. SorosBot

      I was on a work scholarship at a private school, but didn't have to do anything so humiliating; the first year I stuffed envelopes, after that I worked in the library, which was actually kind of fun.

      The job I later got at Woolworth's, not so much. I still cringe at the memory of one time when an old lady pissed in the middle of the store.

    4. dinkybossetti

      I worked at a horribly snooty wedding gift shop, where I was talked down to constantly by people who thought they were smart and wonderful simply because they had money. I was fired for being "sullen and disdainful." A couple actually took my boss out to lunch to tell her that I was sullen and disdainful because getting a poor high school girl who is trying to save money for college fired is a sensible use of an adult's time and money.

      Then I got the best job I've ever had, at a local toy store, where no one ever complained about my personality.

      1. actor212

        I saw that movie: surfer kid from SoCal moves to Ohio, tries to skateboard, ends up playing on the local ice hockey team and screwing up miserably, but redeems himself when it turns out he's an awesome rollerblader and he wins the championship against a gang of private school thugs by leaping off the third story of a parking garage. Think Seth Green was in it.

    5. lisawines

      I sold Viviane Woodard cosmetics and learned to say 'character lines' instead of 'wrinkles' and to never say pluck (fuck); only say tweeze (tease). I was very successful in selling only to my republican mother and aunts and spent the money on Sinsemilia.

  8. bumfug

    Nothing is too demeaning for Newt if the money's right. Fifty bucks a picture? That's nothing – by May he'll be riding Calista around in a bikini on his shoulders then letting guys sniff his neck for a dollar.

  9. skoalrebel

    Who needs janitors anyway? [spit!] People should be self reliant and clean up after themselves. [spit!] That's how I go through life, and look where it's got me. Winning!

  10. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Newt should have pointed out that he obviously didn't go to that good of private school if he didn't learn to be quiet and consider himself lucky that the job creators at the school let him near their crumbs.

  11. FakaktaSouth

    I find it incredibly fitting that everytime I clean the nasty pee film off the floor by my toilet, (thanks 11yo boy) I am reminded of Speaker Gingrich's opinions.

    1. prommie

      Now you have planted a vision in my brain, there you are, on your hands and knees, scrubbing at the nasty pee film . . . .

      We could play "DSK and the Maid."

      1. FakaktaSouth

        I'll bring the maid's costume, you bring the beret, cigarettes and snotty attitude (and maybe lube, especially if things are gonna get surprise-y)

  12. DaRooster

    We should send all of the janitor jobs to China… that way these Messicans will quit complaining…

  13. nonbeliever7

    You know, that puffy little guy sounds smart. He should run for president or something. Who is he again?

  14. boobookitteh

    Yes Newt, there is absolutely no difference between putting in a few light hours for pocket money and cleaning up your rich classmates' poo stains to help your Mom pay the rent.

  15. elviouslyqueer

    That’s not the point. You and I just disagree.

    And there it is, the conservative answer to every argument they can't possibly hope to win. Especially ones in which it's pointed out to them that they are dead. fucking. wrong.

  16. Joshua Norton

    Gingrich thinks if brownly shaded peeps would just pull themselves together they could support themselves with huge speaking fees.

  17. Ruhe

    Certainly there are several equally complex schools of thought on the character-building value of cleaning up poop. Intelligent people can disagree on this.

  18. rickmaci

    You know which other right wing demagogue thought "Arbeit macht frei (Work Will Make You Free)"!

    1. V572 Hogan Gidley

      Yeah but the Nazis who wrought that in iron above the gate at Auschwitz meant it ironically. Big kidders, those Nazis!

      1. rickmaci

        And you think Newtzi isn't being ironic when he says a poor Hispanic kid working as a janitor for his rich class mates should feel better because of the work?

  19. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Speaking as someone who worked in their middle school cafeteria in order to get free lunches, newt can go get fucked. Preferably to death but I won't insist on that.

  20. Serolf_Divad

    To be fair to Newt, his plan wasn't just about hiring poor kids to suck up the taunting and abuse as they clean up the toilet stalls that their wealthier peers have soiled, it was also about firing the janitors for making "too much money" ($10.00 an hour or thereabouts) cleaning up high-school kids shit stains.

  21. MissTaken

    they earned their own money as kids, and they kept their own money because they thought work had inherent dignity.

    So are you saying that kids who work hard, and give all their money to their financially insecure parents don't think that work has inherent dignity?

    Fuck you and the bloated sack of bile you call a face.

    1. actor212

      I think he means he allowed his kids to keep the money because they felt that work had inherent dignity, rather than confiscate it and use it to buy Callista a new whore diamond.

  22. larryfinexx

    If Newt wants headlines he should of told this janitor to go eat some tacos and go back to Mexico.

  23. James Michael Curley

    Bring back the draft! Get them at 17, or in the case of Georgia – right out of the third grade. After two months Basic in Ft. Benning, they'll know how to clean toilets and they'll love it.. YES! DRILL SERGEANT!

  24. Redhead

    "Both of my daughters worked as janitors at the local Baptist Church"

    Hey Newt. I think you and your daughters may have different ideas of what "polishing the youth minister's door knob" means.

  25. CountryClubJihadi

    I'm sure the local Baptist Church had maxi pads stuck to the stall walls, poop in the urinals and loogies on the mirrors. Those girls probably just picked up the paper cups and napkins after coffee hour.

  26. Jus_Wonderin

    Can anyone here tell me if Newt has said what his job was in high school/college???? I am curious. (Newt is an asshat, if I haven't said that lately.)

  27. BarackMyWorld

    At a Newt Gingrich event on Wednesday (THESE CONTINUE TO EXIST, though what is meant by “event” may only amount to a release of gas)…

    And it wasn't even a book signing!

  28. pinkocommi

    Not surprising that Gingrich thinks that the poors – and probably the blahs too – should clean up the shit in toilets to escape poverty, given that he earns yacht-loads of Tiffany diamonds trading in utter and complete bullshit everyday.

  29. randcoolcatdaddy

    Maybe it's just me, but the Republican candidates for President are sounding more and more each day like a villan from a Charles Dickens novel.

    1. miss_grundy

      Wait a minute, when haven't they sounded like villains from a Charles Dickens novel? They've sounded this way since 1980 when Reagan got into the White House. After thirty years of this shite I wish they would just shut up.

  30. owhatever

    Seems that a lot of people are disagreeing with the Moonbat these days. That's the point, Newt.

  31. ttommyunger

    "That’s not the point. You and I just disagree." Or, more accurately: I am just completely disagreeable, I mean, totally.

  32. donner_froh

    But they come from a wealthy family.

    That’s not the point.

    Right. Money is never point when dealing with people who have (or have access to) a lot of it.

  33. starfanglednut

    'I'm sorry if you were offended" The classic republican apology. Aaaaaargh!

    He can't even contemplate that he might be wrong. It's just that (poor/brown/blah/vaginally equipped) people are too stupid to understand his brilliant insights and visionary strategies.

  34. Isyaignert

    Haha – that's a Turkish toilet! I'll never forget my first encounter with one in southern France. I thought it was the shower, but quickly figured it out when I got a whif of the drain.

    1. DahBoner

      I figured out they definately were not designed for people who wear pants, so I always took my pants off first…

  35. DahBoner

    I don't know what child janitors are complaing about.

    If they get hungry, there's those FREE mints at the bottom of the urinals….

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