Newt Gingrich was a 20-year member of Congress and a four-year Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He just made some pretty intense statements about his predecessor House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California). First, he compared her to other dictators and then said that she is “the greatest threat to constitutional liberty in our lifetime.”
These remarks came in an op-ed released by Fox News on Monday. Gingrich also wrote, “With the passive support of an apparently cowardly caucus, she is behaving as a dictator more like Fidel Castro, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, or Nicolás Maduro.”
The former Speaker focused on Pelosi’s decision to reject two of Kevin McCarthy’s (R-California) recommendations for a select committee. McCarthy, the Senate Minority Leader, made these recommendations for the committee investigating the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Gingrich said, “In recent weeks, she has dictated to the minority party what members it can have on a bipartisan commission.”
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Gingrich also made comments on the recent mask mandate reinstated by the Capitol physician. He especially noted Pelosi’s threat “to have members of Congress and their staffs arrested” if they refuse to follow it.
The former speaker said that he was not aware of a Speaker ordering members to be arrested since 30 members broke into a brawl on the House Floor over the Kansas Territory’s pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution in 1859.
“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 [sic] destroy the established principle that those who write laws are still subordinate to them,” Gingrich wrote.
Gingrich argued that the speaker’s “dictatorship survives with a narrow margin.” He said that there were not 10 Democrats that had the guts to stand up for the U.S. Constitution which he considers the very fabric of American history. He questioned whether congress cared about their right to serve as “freely elected, independent members of the Congress.”
He said that he was enraged at Pelosi’s 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.
Then Gingrich lashed out at Republicans who are working with Pelosi, saying, “She is using them to sustain her dictatorship, and they are making it harder for House Republicans to effectively oppose her.”
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.
Newt had some words left for President Joe Biden. He shared concerns others have about his heath and suggested they should be even more concerned with Pelosi.
“Every day, Speaker Pelosi gives us reason to believe she is far more dangerous, destructive, and egocentric than President Biden could ever be,” Gingrich said.
Newt believes that Pelosi has had a lot of power for a long time, and it clearly has destroyed her sense of balance, moderation, and following the rules.
The former Speaker finished his op-ed with this, “There should be a concerted national campaign looking for ten courageous Democrats willing to stand up to the Pelosi dictatorship and defend freedom in America.”
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich is the host of the “Newt’s World” podcast and author of the New York Times bestseller “Trump and the American Future.” More of his commentary can be found at www.Gingrich360.com