Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich delivers an economic speech to the 51st Washington Conference with Laffer Associates, Friday, May 13, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (AP)

Gingrich glitter bombed

A gay rights supporter showered the Republican presidential candidate with glitter confetti in Minnesota

Natasha Lennard
May 18, 2011 3:19PM (UTC)

Let's recount the unfortunate events that have befallen Newt Gingrich in the early days of his campaign: he's criticized Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, then apologized; a man told him he was an embarrassment in a confrontation at a campaign stop; and refused to answer questions about an unpaid $500,000 jewelry bill at Tiffany's.

But at least the former House speaker was invited to "Feel the rainbow!" in Minnesota. At a family values event, Gingrich was covered in glitter confetti by a gay rights protester, who was swiftly and aggressively escorted away.


Watch the video to the end to see the security guard ask the protester, "Have we disturbed your events?"

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email

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