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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich panned the opening night of the virtual Democratic National Convention on Monday before predicting that three things would happen to collapse the party’s ticket between now and Election Day.
Later this week, delegates are expected to officially nominate former Vice President Joe Biden, who has selected Sen. Kamala Harris of California. Gingrich, in a column at FoxNews.com, said he thinks the “high-water mark” for the ticket will be short-lived.
“As an observer of conventions and presidential campaigns going back to 1956, I am confident in predicting that this week’s Democratic National Convention will be the high-water mark before the collapse of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket,” he wrote.
“As the ticket collapses, it will start to move into the 1972 George McGovern range of isolation from the American people. Ironically, the physical isolation of Biden over the last few months has slowed down the political isolation, which will presently occur,” Gingrich continued.
He said he expects three things to happen that will lead to the ticket’s demise.
First off, Biden “is clearly incapable of functioning as president,” Gingrich wrote, a reference to the former U.S. senator’s frequent gaffes and inability to hold conversations or remember things.
“Every time he comes out from hiding in the basement, it is embarrassingly clear that he could not possibly negotiate with the Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping or Russian President Vladimir Putin to any positive effect,” the Georgia Republican continued, adding that Biden’s mental status deterioration appears to be worsening — a claim which was shared by conservative podcaster and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino recently.
Gingrich noted further that someone sent him an email “from the Biden-Harris headquarters which showed a gif of Biden and Harris coming out of a doorway. Both were looking down or away and not interacting with anyone (including each other).”
He said the email asked, “Have you ever seen two people who look this ready to lead on Day 1?”
That “flummoxed” Gingrich, he said, adding: “ They didn’t look ready to do anything.”
“The question was a parody of their problem, and the image was embarrassing,” he wrote, noting that recent surveys did not reflect that most Americans were confident Biden would serve out a first term.
“This leads to the second factor: Harris will prove to be the most disastrous vice presidential nominee since Sen. Tom Eagleton, D-Mo., had to resign from the McGovern ticket when it turned out he had been subjected to shock therapy treatments for mental issues,” the former House Speaker wrote, adding that he wasn’t criticizing mental illness but that in 1972, most Americans “did not want to think of a potential president having mental illness.”
Gingrich noted that during her own presidential campaign, she flipped back and forth on issues in an attempt to either hide her past as a prosecutor and attorney general in California or her record as a U.S. senator or mollify the Democratic Party’s increasingly Left-wing base.
He also pointed out that she never polled well among the crowded Democratic field, never receiving more than 15 percent approval and falling to 3.5 percent before dropping out.
“Even in her home state of California, she had dropped to fourth behind Biden, Warren and Sanders – and was only attracting 8% support from her own constituents before she dropped out,” he wrote, adding that by November 2019, she was fourth in polling even among black voters behind Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
“Finally, as the depth of radicalism of the Biden-Harris platform and the Chuck Schumer-Nancy Pelosi legislative agenda become clear to the American people, they will be increasingly alienated from the new radical Democratic Party and its candidates. The increasing radicalism is already beginning to sink,” wrote the author and Fox News contributor.
He then noted that shortly after the convention, the Trump campaign and Republicans, in general, will point to a number of specific policies the Biden-Harris ticket will embrace but which will turn off most voters:
— Following through on President Barack Obama’s plan to move low-income housing into suburbs;
— Use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions up to and through the ninth month of pregnancy;
— Committing to HR 6800, a bill supported by 207 House Democrats to provide taxpayer-supported coronavirus relief to illegal aliens;
— Biden’s pledge to former U.S. representative and 2020 presidential contender Beto O’Rourke to pursue more aggressive gun control;
— Embrace of far-Left Democratic prosecutors and district attorneys whose campaigns were funded by billionaire George Soros and who support “a pro-criminal future that is exploding into violence”;
— The teachers’ unions, which “own the Democrat Party, and their blackmail approach to reopening schools.”
“I expect the Democrats’ Biden-Harris dream will quickly become a nightmare. As I wrote in my latest book ‘Trump and the American Future’ we are about to watch a repeat of McGovern in 1972,” the former Speaker concluded.
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