Fox host calls out Newt Gingrich, who impeached Clinton, for hypocrisy

Fox host calls out Newt Gingrich, who impeached Clinton, for hypocrisy


As far as Democrats and their push for impeachment
in what we’ve seen this week, Newt Gingrich joined us earlier. The former speaker of the House seemed to
suggest, Chris, that the whole thing is going to backfire on Democrats. Here’s the former Speaker. Nancy Pelosi is simply carrying out what is
an unconstitutional coup d’état, an effort to use the power of the Congress to change
the outcome for the American people. It’s a direct assault on the whole idea
of representing the American people and instead imposing Democratic members in Congress as
the ultimate electoral college and I think it’ll backfire very badly. A year out from the next election, will this
whole thing backfire on Democrats, Chris? Well, we don’t know. I mean, because we don’t know what the results
are going to be. But I’m a little surprised at Speaker Gingrich,
who I greatly respect. This is the exact opposite of unconstitutional. The Constitution specifically says that impeachment
is left to Congress with very little statement as to how they want to conduct it. And in fact, I think I remember that Newt
Gingrich did an impeachment effort—led an impeachment effort against Bill Clinton in
1998. Was that an effort to overturn an election? No, he was investigating stuff. I mean, we may find out that there’s some
there there, that there’s no there there. But to call it unconstitutional or an effort
to overturn an election, that’s kind of a reach, particularly for someone like Newt
Gingrich who was involved in the last impeachment effort. The thing about Republicans in the Trump era
is that every last one of them has footage or audio or – oh I don’t know – an entire
history of impeaching a president from a different political party that makes them look like
complete hypocrites. So for Newt Gingrich, of all people, who was
Speaker of the House during the Clinton impeachment, to claim all of a sudden that impeachment
is this assault on the constitution is just Republican hypocrisy personified. To be clear, the House moving to impeach Trump
isn’t unconstitutional; in fact, it’s literally their job to conduct oversight on
the executive branch. You couldn’t find a more constitutional
route to take if you tried. But this isn’t about facts; this is just
another partisan Republican throwing the Constitution under the bus because it’s politically convenient
to do so. If Gingrich truly deferred to the Constitution,
do you think he’d be so quick to betray what it actually says? It’s almost like – and I hope you’re
sitting down for this – he doesn’t ACTUALLY care about the Constitution. Gingrich even goes so far as to claim that
impeachment is an assault on the idea of representing the American people, only… a) the American
people favor this. Depending on the poll, the percentage of Americans
who now support impeachment has reached a staggering 58%. Even Fox News’ own polling is showing a
majority of Americans now favor impeachment. For comparison, polling showed that 57% of
Americans supported impeachment for Nixon when he opted to resign. So to suggest that our representatives aren’t
behaving on behalf of their constituents is to have your head completely in the sand. And b) we have elected representatives in
place to know the law and defend it. So when Trump conspired with a foreign power
to interfere in our election, when he solicited dirt on a political opponent from a foreign
entity, when he engaged in a cover up to hide the evidence and instructed his officials
not to comply with legal subpoenas, he broke the law. And we fully expect that our representatives,
whose salaries our tax dollars pay, hold him accountable and do their jobs. This isn’t an assault on the idea of representing
the American people; it’s the system working as it was designed to. Also, since when is the Republican Party in
support of defending limitless presidential power, including the right to commit crimes
without fear of any congressional oversight? The extent to which the GOP has contracted
every ounce of what it claimed to once stand for, all in desperate defense of this criminal,
is pretty staggering. Any, by the way, it’s not just their support
for an authoritarian president. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans
pretended the were for family values, before lining up behind a guy who has spent more
money paying off porn stars for affairs he had while his pregnant wife was sitting at
home than most of us will even see in our lifetimes. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans
were the fiscal conservatives, before lining up behind a guy who has completely exploded
the deficit, perhaps to the point of no return. The list goes on and on. The Republican Party doesn’t stand for ideals
anymore so much as it’s just some apparatus to blindly defend Trump and anything that
he does, regardless of its legality or morality. It is nothing more than a cult of personality
that’s opted to hitch their wagon to a presidency going down in flames before our eyes. Ironically enough, Gingrich was a key player
in the demise of the modern Republican Party. If you didn’t already think that Newt Gingrich
was responsible for dragging for GOP into the bowels of politics when he impeached Clinton
for lying about a sexual act – a move so blatantly political that he LEFT Congress
shortly thereafter – rest assured he’s responsible for the destroying what’s left of it now
with his flailing defenses of Trump.