Gingrich ignites controversy for defending Trump: Skipping CPAC right thing to do

Politics make for strange bedfellows and nowhere is there a more odd pairing than former Republican speaker Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump.

Gingrich is fast making a habit of coming to the defense of the Republican presidential front-runner. The famous politician was Johnny-on-the-spot on Friday when Trump canceled a scheduled appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

While rival Marco Rubio was eviscerated on social media last week for being slow to commit to attending the annual event held by the American Conservative Union, Gingrich described Trump’s cancellation as the “right” thing to do:

Trump said in a statement Friday that he would instead be campaigning in Kansas and Florida, but ACU chairman Matt Schlapp appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” to say the candidate “wanted to dictate to us what the rules would be for his appearance and we decided that would not be appropriate.”

Schlapp said Trump objected to taking questions from CPAC attendees, a stipulation candidates were asked to agree to.

“We made [it] very clear with him, you’re allowed to give a speech, but you have to answer questions,” the chairman told Fox Business Network.

The reaction on social media to Gingrich’s intervention was mixed. Trump supporters were only too glad to have his support, and others disappointed in the former speaker.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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