On May 20, 2016, when asked the question about Newt Gingrich being his Vice Presidential choice on “Fox and Friends,” Donald Trump stated, “Sure, why not? He He is a good guy. You might as well.”
On May 21, Paul Bedard in his article from the Washington Examiner states that there is growing support for Newt Gingrich as Trump’s Vice President. In his article, Bedard states how Gingrich was the speaker who was “able to cut deals with then President Bill Clinton on Republican issues like welfare reform and balancing the budget.” He quotes Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, “Newt solves a lot of problems for Trump. He’s an outsider who nonetheless talks to the insiders. He will help unify the party and the convention, he’s a great debater, he’s a complete rebuke of the Romney remnants and the busted Bush brigades and is the GOP number one idea man.” Shirley also states, “He’s been vetted and will keep the Clintons up pacing the floor all night. Gingrich beat the Clintons time and again. He’s also an original Reaganite and that means everything to a party created by Ronald Reagan.”
All of this sounds good, but has he been properly vetted? During Gingrich’s 2012 Presidential run, Realgchange.org cited the following:
- “We had oral sex. He prefers that modus operandi because then he can say, ‘I never slept with her.'” – Anne Manning (who was also married at the time.)
- “We would have won in 1974 if we could have kept him out of the office, screwing her [a young volunteer] on the desk.” – Dot Crews, his campaign scheduler at the time
- [In the book] “Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them”, [I] “found frightening pieces that related to my own life.” – Newt.
- “I think you can write a psychological profile of me that says I found a way to immerse my insecurities in a cause large enough to justify whatever I wanted it to.” – Newt, speaking to Gail Sheehy.
- “She isn’t young enough or pretty enough to be the President’s wife. And besides, she has cancer.” – Newt, on his first wife (Jackie, his high school teacher)
- “I don’t want him to be president and I don’t think he should be.” – Newt’s second wife Marianne.
- “She [Callista] is the single most self-centered person I’ve run into in politics—it’s all about her. They do these movies together, and she does a word count: she has to have the same number of words on camera as he does or they have to reshoot. …And Callista did not want him to run for President. That’s why he had to buy her so much damn jewelry.” – an unnamed “former strategist.” Will Rogers, Newt’s ex-Iowa strategist has denied it was him.
- “He treats me really nicely, buys me all these ices. Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and that Donna, Karan, he be sharin’ All that money got me wearin'” — Callista? No wait, that’s Fergie, “My Humps”
- “[I was] very lonely, very driven, and pretty weird as a kid.” — Newt
- “It doesn’t matter what I do. People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.” – Newt, as he dumped his second wife for a younger, healthier woman
- “Fannie Mae is an excellent example of a former government institution fulfilling its mandate while functioning in the market economy.” — Newt, 1995
This poses too much of a problem for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton tried to pin her “War on Women” attack on Trump by calling him a “misogynist,” and Trump turned it deftly back on her by calling Bill Clinton a “rapist” and Hillary Clinton an “enabler.” If he selected Newt Gingrich, Hillary Clinton can then point to Newt Gingrich and say that Donald must think that what Newt did was all right if he’s selecting him. On top of that, her campaign would point out that Trump and Gingrich have six marriages between them, and that Gingrich filed for divorce while his first wife, Jacki, was in the hospital. People can literally line up Bill’s transgressions and line them up with Newt’s and go toe-to-toe: “Both think that oral sex is not cheating.” “What’s worse, Bill inserting cigars, or Newt having sex with interns laying on a his desk?”
At this particular point, Donald Trump needs to pass.