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Newt Gingrich: House Democrats making same mistake Republicans did in the 90s, but worse

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Newt Gingrich faulted Democrats for their own problems and warned that Americans will soon tire of the partisan politics destroying the country.

The former House speaker asserted that House Democrats focused on targeting President Trump are making the same mistake Republicans did in the 1990’s with former President Bill Clinton, as he spoke with Fox News‘ Bill Hemmer on Monday.

“The problem they’ve got is, every time they go to a new topic, a new argument, a new charge, it looks more and more phony,” Gingrich said, citing recent attacks on the president including the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, launching an expansive probe Monday with dozens of document requests in a determined race to prove Trump is guilty of something.

“The Democrats right now are having all their energy absorbed by two things: Donald Trump – who they hate – and the rise of their left-wing activists,” Gingrich explained. “And that means they have no space left to communicate a winning Democratic Party message for 2020.”

“After a while, people render a judgement. They’re not going to think this is impeachable, they’re going to come to think it’s all political,” he added, referring to last week’s testimony before Congress by Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen.

Gingrich argued that putting “a proven, convicted liar on national television” at the same moment that the president was meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam is another example of Democrats’ failure to grasp what is important to Americans.

“You give the country a vision of a party that’s almost destructive of America for their own partisan reasons,” he said, noting that Nadler is making the same mistake Republicans did in 1997 and 1998, admitting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “doing a better job” at cautioning her party than he did when he served as speaker during the impeachment of Clinton.

Gingrich pointed out how the president “gets tired of being attacked by 90 percent of the news media” and also tires of Democrats “being so nasty.” He weighed in Trump’s raucous, successful and record-setting two-hour-plus speech at CPAC on Saturday as something that will give him strength to move ahead.

He also warned Democrats that this is what they are up against.

“This is what the Democrats have to remember,” he pointed out. “In the end, whoever they nominate has to be able to be on the stage with Donald J. Trump, who is maybe the greatest reality-TV performer of our lifetime. And he just showed them again, Saturday, what he’s going to be like” in 2020.

Frieda Powers

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