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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has come out strong against current Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, condemning her as the “greatest threat to constitutional liberty in our lifetime.”
Gingrich refused to hold back, comparing Pelosi’s actions to that of current and past dictators in his scathing remarks.
He argued that Pelosi’s behavior has been enabled by a “cowardly caucus” unable, or afraid to stand up to Pelosi.
“With the passive support of an apparently cowardly caucus, she is behaving like a dictator more like Fidel Castro, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, or Nicolás Maduro,” said Gingrich in an op-ed for Fox News on Monday. “Pelosi ordered and kept the fencing around the U.S. Capitol for months – even when members of her own party were calling for it to come down.”
“She stripped a duly elected Republican of all her committee assignments,” Gingrich added. “In recent weeks, she has dictated to the minority party what members it can have on a bipartisan commission.”
Gingrich detailed how Pelosi is using her powers to threaten members of Congress and their staff for refusing to follow her rules on masking up in the halls of Congress.
“Now, she is threatening to have members of Congress and their staffs arrested if they do not follow the mask mandate which exists by her own decree,” he said. “If her power, arrogance, and destructiveness is allowed to continue growing, she will shatter the precedents of the U.S. House, undermine hundreds of years of common legislative precedent going back to the Magna Carta of 1215, and the destroy the established principle that those who write laws are still subordinate to them.”
Gingrich says that despite the immense power she wields, hope isn’t lost – and that it may still be possible to oust her through the Democrat districts that aren’t as rabidly supportive of her policies.
“The key path to stopping Pelosi runs through Democrat districts that are not rabidly radical,” he explained. “There are probably 100 Democrats who represent districts wherein prostituting themselves for a Pelosi dictatorship would be politically expensive – if people back home understood what was happening and why it mattered. I am enraged at this raw use of power to destroy the precedents and patterns which have made the U.S. House of Representatives a remarkable bulwark of freedom and a symbol for people around the world.”
Gingrich’s remarks in his op-ed are nothing new for the former Congress leader. He previously described Pelosi as the “most dangerous Speaker of the House we’ve ever had probably in American history” in remarks he made in late January on “Life, Liberty, and Levin.”
His remarks came following Pelosi’s efforts to impeach Donald Trump when she claimed his impeachment would ultimately “unite the country.”
“She lives in an enclave that is guarded in San Francisco,” Gingrich said. “She is surrounded by left-wing looney tunes who think that it’s OK to live in a city where … there’s a map you can go to on the internet that shows you where feces were. They don’t distinguish dog and human, but they’ll show you the feces count that day around San Francisco.”
“This is the same problem with [Vice President] Kamala Harris,” Gingrich added. “They come from the center of left-wing nuttiness, and all their friends at the local country club or all their friends when they go to a cocktail party, think this craziness makes sense.”
During the January interview, Gingrich condemned the press corps for being “left-wing lapdogs,” adding that “their job is to go over and lick the hand of the left-wingers and then try to bite the Republicans. So that’s their duty. I mean, they’re just behaving like they’ve been trained to behave.”