March 27, 2016

The man who once called President Obama a "food stamp president" is now worried about the nastiness during this year's Republican presidential primary. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on Fox's Sunday Morning Futures and was asked by host Maria Bartiromo what she thought about Paul Ryan's recent speech -- where he was opining over the state of American Republican politics today, the personal attacks rather than a focus on policy, while somehow managing to avoid mentioning Donald Trump's name altogether -- and here's how Gingrich responded.

BARTIROMO: What did you make of Paul Ryan's speech, basically laying it on the line, saying he's disturbed by the GOP and American politics right now?

GINGRICH: Well, I agree with him. I think he should be disturbed. I've been disturbed much of my career. I came out of a background of Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp and then what we did with the contract with America.

I hope that Speaker Paul Ryan is going to be part of creating a better, more idea oriented, more inclusive Republican party. I know that's what he wants to do. And I think that in that sense his speech is a beacon of hope for all the younger Republicans who are looking for a future in which they can be very proud of a governing party.

I think... and he's got to be a little frustrated. This has been a primary season that has had a lot more tweets and attacks, and not just Donald Trump. I mean, you had Rubio and Cruz for a long stretch each yelling liar, liar about the other one. So, there have been a fair amount of things here.

You had the Jeb Bush PAC spending $25 million attacking Marco Rubio. So it's just been a mess, which is frankly the nature of these kind of primaries. When you start out with seventeen candidates, there's going to be a fair amount of negativity knocking people out.

This is the same guy who once said we should have kids as young as five years old working as janitors and bemoaning our child labor laws, who was fearmongering over immigrants bring Ebola across the border, who equated bilingual education to "the language of living in the ghetto," who accused President Obama of having a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" world view, and went on the air with that other nasty piece of work, Sean Hannity, and called President Obama "uppity."

And the list goes on from there with Gingrich's long, long history of rhetorical bomb-throwing.

Sorry Newt, but if you're worried about the tenor of today's Republican party, take a good long look in the mirror, because you built that.

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