Never one to shy away from making a grand assertion, Newt Gingrich opened his comments about Donald Trump’s blowout victory in the Indiana primary by saying:
“First of all, Donald Trump may turn out to be the most effective anti-left leader in our lifetime.”
The former Speaker of the House continued, “He [Trump] is against political correctness. He is against bureaucracy. He places American nationalism first, which I think we desperately need. I’m tired of being told we have to have phony agreements and phony efforts and I watch John Kerry rush from five-star hotel to five-star hotel trying to get a phony peace agreement that is an absurdity… I think Trump could be a return to a more of an Eisenhower kind of realism that none-the-less is conservatism. And he may do more to dismantle the left than anybody in our lifetime.”
“I don’t despair,” Gingrich said, implying the ‘Dump Trump’ camp may miss the greater objective.
He continued, “The other side, of course, is if you’re not for Donald Trump you functionally are for Hillary Clinton. And she is going to create the most radical Supreme Court, take away your right to bear arms, eliminate your religious liberty, and move this country dramatically to the left.”
Gingrich also lauded Trump for making kinder, sympathetic comments about Senator Ted Cruz, even commending him for his competitiveness. He said that was taking a helpful step in the right direction.
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