Former speaker of the House and President Donald J.Trump advocate, Newt Gingrich said on Friday that if the president wants to attain the stability that has thus far eluded him in the Oval Office, he will need to make “serious changes.”
In a Fox News interview with host Bill Hemmer, Gingrich, who failed in his own bid for the presidency back in 2012, acknowledged that while President Donald J. Trump has endured poor approval ratings and attacks from within his own party before, he is now in a “qualitatively different position.” He described President Trump’s various controversies like a war of attrition.
“It’s only different in that you go through low ground, low ground, low ground, and after a while, you’ve had enough different people pull back that you’re in a qualitatively different position,” Gingrich said when asked how this low point is different from Trump’s other controversies.
“You don’t get down to 35 percent approval and have people in your own Party shooting at you and conclude that everything’s going fine,” he said.
He said the hiring of Gen. John Kelly as White House chief of staff is a “good first step” but more is needed if President Trump is to make a comeback.
“If he wants to get his agenda enacted that … if he wants to get things done and have a presidency that is stable, he is going to have to have a couple of serious changes,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich harbors hope that the president has it in him to pivot, and reminded viewers of Trump’s 1997 book, “The Art of the Comeback.” He said Trump needs to follow his own advice and start thinking about “what hasn’t been working.”
He noted Trump’s irrational self-confidence isn’t helping him right now.
“I think he’s in a position right now where he’s much more isolated than he realizes,” Gingrich said.
DML CEO, Dennis Michael Lynch had this to say when asked if the agreed with the former speaker, “I respect Newt as a great historian and one of the brightest minds on cable TV news, but he is totally clueless about where President Trump stands, and to be perfectly honest, he’s sounds like someone who didn’t pay much attention to the election results. Every poll had Trump losing to the embattled Hillary Clinton. But look what happened, he won in an electoral college victory that will be written about for hundreds of years.”
DML continued, “What Newt seems to miss is the power of the people. Trump may have his quirks, but voters have already factored that in. Nothing Trump does or says that feels or sounds unconventional means anything to John and Jane Public. ” He continued, “Trump is helping businesses create jobs, he’s got the stock market rocketing, streets are getting safer as more gang members and illegal aliens get sent packing, North Korea is suddenly pulling back, NATO members are finally paying their fair share, and the Department of Justice is actually enforcing laws and taking aim at the criminals Obama ignored. Anyone who thinks Trump’s defense of Confederate statues will tarnish his ability to get laws passed is nuts. The reason why laws aren’t getting passed is because the GOP is lost under the leadership of McConnell and Ryan. The GOP elite want Trump to fail — they always have — they always will. Newt is a member of the elite, and although he chums up to Trump, he also makes a sh*tload of money writing books about him and appearing on TV as a know-it-all. Trump is doing just fine Mr. Speaker. Please stop with the nonsense.”
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