In February during a private speech in Washington in front of the Republican State Leadership Committee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gave a very unflattering appraisal of then-Republican primary candidate Donald Trump.
In his speech, Gingrich said Trump would lose in a landslide if he didn’t learn to evolve and be more like former President Ronald Reagan rather than failed GOP presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. He also added that no one could picture what a Trump presidency will look like, not even Trump.
Currently, Newt Gingrich is said to be one of three names Trump is considering for his vice presidential running mate in November. Other names include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
However, back in February, Gingrich derided Trump, confirming what many conservatives were already feared: “National Review’s right. Donald Trump is not a conservative,” and that he addresses voters “at the lowest level of any candidate in either party.”
Gingrich confessed that he was unsure how Trump could translate his simple-minded rhetoric into hard policy: “How we make the transition from, you know, language for fourth graders to real policy, I don’t know.”
ProPublica by the Center for Media and Democracy, a Madison, Wisconsin, group with the stated goal of exposing corporate influences on politics, is said to have reviewed the recording but so far has only provided text excerpts.
This is not a guy who’s shallow or simple, but he is a guy who knows an immense amount about marketing, which is why he talks at a fourth-grade level. He talks at the lowest level of any candidate in either party, not because he’s stupid,” Gingrich said told the crowd of executive-level political staffers and corporate sponsors. “He does it because he knows if you talk at a fourth-grade level everybody can understand you.
Gingrich chose to remain neutral during the GOP primary until May when he decided to endorse Trump. However, at that time he said that he had no plans on joining the ticket. According to CNN Gingrich met with Trump on Wednesday in Indiana and left a hotel in the same motorcade as the billionaire’s children.
During his 30 plus minute speech, to the amusement of the conservative audience, Gingrich poked fun at Trump’s social media outbursts, likening the billionaire’s campaign style to “some weird combination of the Kardashians.”
“I mean think about it, the whole tweeting, the whole continuous noise,” Gingrich said.
However, Gingrich did also praise Trump’s political and business success, noting his successful real estate and television career, as well as other business ventures. He described him as a candidate who has shaken up the GOP and who destroys his political rivals: “He’s the grizzly bear in the room. He’s not normal.”
The former speaker also described Trump as “an American nationalist” who deliberately uses and unpredictable mix of hostility against “stupidity,” political correctness, and Liberals.
Gingrich shared a story about a highly educated Trump supporter:
“I had a very sophisticated medical doctor in Des Moines write me two days ago and say he sent a thousand dollar check to Trump. And I wrote back and said what are you doing?” Gingrich said to laughs. “He said I have finally concluded that we have to kick over the table in Washington.”
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