Gingrich: “If you just applied common sense you’d realize how often Donald J. Trump is right and how often his critics are just stupid.” pic.twitter.com/laO4ChWmhP
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Never one to be left out of politicizing a tragedy, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took some time off from butchering the English language to appear Fox & Friends this morning, pitchfork at the ready.
In light of the recent New York City terror attack, Gingrich started by suggesting Congress should waive Miranda rights for suspected terrorists, thus naming them as enemy combatants and not criminal suspects.
“What we need to do is invent a new system. This person is an enemy combatant” he said, referring to suspect Sayfullo Saipov. “This is a person who has sided with the other team.”
“You don’t have to go to Guantanamo if you change the laws in the U.S.”
The 74-year-old politician went on to describe his essential worldview and how that fits into the broader battle against terror.
“The truth is there is an ISIS-type campaign underway in the Philippines. We had just had Americans killed in Niger from an ISIS-type campaign. We have people in the United States, like this guy,who are being radicalized,” he said. “It’s not just about immigration. It’s about radical mosques. It’s about things that are networked on the Internet.”
Fox News’s Steve Doocy switched tacts to discuss President Donald Trump’s criticism of the U.S. Diversity Visa program, which he suggested should be abolished by Congress after allowing Saipov to enter the country in 2010.
Gingrich, who just penned an “international thriller” called Vengeance, agreed with Trump, lashing out at the president’s critics.
“If you just applied common sense you’d realize how often Donald J. Trump is right and how often his critics are just stupid,” he said, accusing America of bending over backwards to “commit cultural suicide.”
Gingrich also took some time out to inexplicably attack New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, suggesting that “he has no idea what terrorism is.”
Brian Kilmeade also piled on the mayor, accusing him of “getting up at 11 in the morning” and calling him a “train-wreck.” The terror attack occurred less than two days ago.
The U.S. Diversity Visa program was signed into law in 1990, under the stewardship of President George H.W. Bush, and was formally enacted in 1995.
In other news, did you know that Fox & Friends started way back in 1998? So many foxes. So many friends.
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