Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has been one of Donald Trump’s most ardent and consistent supporters. Now, just two weeks before the historic inauguration, Gingrich has voiced his lone concern for the new administration. Going on ABC’s This Week on January 1, Newt shared his worry. And the Speaker’s concern is not what you might think.
Mr. Gingrich’s concern is that the Trump team will “lose their nerve.”
“Look, they’re going to arrive in Washington, and for them to be successful they have to stake out positions that the left will hate,” said Gingrich. “I’m worried that when they realize how big the problem is, that they decide that they’re just going to do the best they can and give in.”
Newt told host Jonathan Karl, “My deepest concern is that they’re going to arrive, you’re going to have the greens going crazy. You’re going to have the government employees going crazy about the civil service reform. You’re going to have the teachers union going crazy over school choice. And these are pretty nonnegotiable. I mean, if you’re serious about school choice, there is no agreement with the teachers union.”
When Karl asked Gingrich if Trump’s loss of the popular vote means he has no mandate, the Speaker replied, “The rules of the game as they were played out meant that Donald Trump was president. When you’re president, you’re president. You have the mandate of being the president. Whether he uses that mandate to unify the country and bring us together, which he should, is not a function of the size of the popular vote. It is a function of, ‘What does a good president do?’ A good president tries to represent all Americans.”
Gingrich concluded, “My faith in Trump is I think he has the guts as well as the energy to have those kinds of meetings and to reach out to a broader range than maybe anybody since Franklin Roosevelt.”
For many Americans, their concern is that a Trump presidency will bring endless twitter controversy, uneven international leadership, and a volatile domestic policy. But for the man who led Republicans to leadership 20 years ago, we should worry, not that Trump will do too much, but that he won’d do enough.