Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich does not suffer fools gladly as an NBC News reporter asking lame questions learned Thursday.
Gingrich appeared on Capitol Hill to help Republicans campaign as they promote their “Commitment to America” platform. The compact they promise to govern by if they regain control of the House in November is patterned after the one Gingrich co-wrote. His 10-point 1994 “Contract with America” helped the GOP gain control of the House after 40 years of Democratic domination.
The plan was signed by 300 Republicans and presented to the American people six weeks before the 1994 midterm, according to a History report. It helped spark a “Republican Revolution” that saw the GOP win control of the Senate, the House and 20 state legislatures. Republicans gained 12 governorships in the 1994 midterm, also.
When NBC News reporter asked him his thoughts about the House J6 Select Committee, he was not impressed.
CNN reporter Annie Grayer asked the retired politician if he would sit for a voluntary interview with the J6 committee.
“I don’t know,” he reportedly replied, “talk to my attorneys.”
NBC News reporter Scott Wong obviously thought it was important to know whether a man who hasn’t held office in decades would meet with the J6 committee. Either that, or he had no original question of his own to ask, so he repeated the question he just heard another reporter ask.
Wong questioned the former Georgia congressman about what he thinks of the J6 committee.
“I don’t,” Gingrich replied.
“You have no thoughts about the committee itself?” Wong asked.
“I think you have a learning disability,” the Georgia conservative retorted.
“Excuse me?” the stunned network reporter said.
“The fact is, I’ve said three or four times, ‘I don’t talk about it,’” Gingrich said, pointing at his own head. “Try the phrase: I don’t talk about it.”
The select committee asked Gingrich earlier this month to voluntarily sit for an interview. The request cited evidence Gingrich communicated with senior advisers to President Donald Trump about TV ads concerning claims about election fraud in 2020, according to a Washington Post report.
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