‘Collective Failure’: Newt Gingrich Defends Mitch McConnell from Trump Attacks

Newt Gingrich is not just a Fox News contributor and conservative thought leader, but he is also a former House Majority Leader under the Clinton administration. More importantly, he has played the role of advisor and supporter of President Donald Trump, and given his vast experience with the GOP establishment on Capitol Hill, his insights on the current GOP infighting over health care are more insightful than others.

If you are a Republican, you should be concerned by the very dangerous blame-game currently unfolding between President Trump — and his many supporters — and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. McConnell appeared to blame the inability to forward health reform on Trump’s legislative inexperience, which has angered pro-Trump media and masses of MAGA followers.

During his appearance on Fox & Friends this morning–a program that has vocally taken the side of Team Trump and criticized McConnell — Gingrich appeared to defend McConnell from Trump attacks and lay some of the blame on the lack of leadership from the White House. While he mostly tried to lay blame on the Democrats who did not vote on any effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, he mostly said that the blame game between Capitol Hill GOP and the White House was “goofy,” and also calling it a “collective failure,” (though we wonder if he regrets using a term so closely associated with socialism.)

President Ronald Reagan popularized what is known in political circles as “the 11th Commandment,” which states “thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Gingrich appears to honor that maxim by threading a critical needle in laying some blame on both the Senate and White House on this issue, while pivoting to the time honored tradition of blaming Democrats (and ignoring just how powerless they currently are.)

Watch the clip above, couretsy of Fox News.


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