Gingrich Chided on Outnumbered After Blaming Shooting on ‘Hostility on the Left’


Most in Washington have struck a note of unity following the shooting attack at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA in which five people were wounded including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. But one former House Speaker got partisan Wednesday on Fox News.

Appearing on Outnumbered, Newt Gingrich — the former House Speaker and one of President Donald Trump‘s most prominent surrogates — railed against “the increasing intensity of hostility on the left” in his opening comments.

You’ve had an increasing intensity of hostility on the left. I talk to college students regularly who say to me, if they openly are for Trump, they get threatened with getting beaten up, some of them get death threats. The intensity on the left that is very real, whether it is somebody holding up, a so-called comedian holding up the president’s head and blood, or whether it’s right here in New York City, a play that shows the president being assassinated, or it’s Democratic leading national politicians who are so angry they have to use vulgarity because they can’t find any common language to talk. This intensity has been building, I think since election night.

Melissa Francis pushed back on Gingrich making it partisan.

“With respect though, even if everything you’re saying is true,” Francis said. “But to talk about it in the terms of left and right right now in the wake of it, does that make sense? Does it make it worse?”

“No,” Gingrich shot back.

“Do you rise above it and say we all need to stay calm and focus on the work ahead of us?” she asked.

Gingrich’s answer to that question seemed to be no.

“You’ve had a series of things that send signals that tell people that it’s okay to hate Trump, it’s okay to think of Trump in violent terms, it’s okay to consider assassinating Trump. And then suddenly we’re supposed to rise above it until the next time?” Gingrich asked.

Abby Hunstman agreed with Francis that this should not be a partisan moment.

“This is a moment though, where you realize at the end of the day that the climate has been so divisive, it’s been so political and this is a time where you say these are all human beings whether you’re Republican, whether you’re a Democrat, we are all Americans, we are all in this fight together,” Huntsman said.

On this one, indeed, Gingrich was outnumbered.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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