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With 2022 in view, Trump recruits Newt Gingrich to create a new ‘Contract with America’

Former President Donald Trump has enlisted former Republican House Speaker and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to design a policy agenda that Republicans can use to win back control of Congress in 2022.

Politico reported Tuesday that Trump invited Gingrich, his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to join him at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida and begin work on a new version of the “Contract with America” for Republicans to rally behind in the upcoming midterm elections. The document will attempt to transform the “America First” principles of Trump’s presidential campaigns into “a policy priority for 2022 and beyond” on everything from trade to immigration.

Gingrich told Politico in an interview that the document won’t be ready “anytime soon” but he did make suggestions about what it should look like.

“It should be positive,” Gingrich said. “School choice, teaching American history for real, abolishing the ‘1619 Project,’ eliminating critical race theory and what the Texas legislature is doing. We should say, ‘Bring it on.'”

Under Gingrich’s leadership in 1994, Republicans crafted the “Contract with America,” a set of policies and laws they promised to vote on if they won control of the House of Representatives. That year Republicans won 52 seats in the House and nine seats in the Senate, a revolution that forced President Bill Clinton to moderate and work with Congress to reform welfare, balance the budget, and get tough on crime.

That Trump would recruit Gingrich for a new contract-style agenda suggests that in exile from Washington, D.C., and with 2022 and 2024 in view, the former president is attempting to build what his previous campaigns for the presidency lacked: A policy platform every Republican could run on.

Trump’s vague promises to “Make America Great Again” during his two campaigns for president worked as slogans that rallied his supporters but never translated into a governing agenda for the Republican Party. The ex-president’s skepticism of free trade, opposition to reforming entitlement programs, and focus on border security and culture war issues was never fully embraced by establishment Republicans. The result was that the major victories Trump won for his base were accomplished via executive order, and subsequently undone by President Joe Biden.

The Trump presidency secured few major legislative victories. Efforts to keep the Republican Party’s longstanding promise to repeal and replace Obamacare failed miserably, and Trump’s inability to rally legislators around a unified health care plan was a factor in that failure. Even with Republicans in complete control of Congress from 2016 to 2018, the government spent $2.3 trillion — more than President Obama spent during his first two years in office.

Trump’s greatest legislative achievement was the 2017 tax cut, which reduced the corporate tax rate and doubled the child tax credit. But it’s easy to rally Republicans around cutting taxes, and the 2017 law fell far short of transformational tax reforms supported by conservatives.

Perhaps the greatest evidence of Trump’s previous neglect of policy and disunity in the GOP was the Republican National Committee’s inability to create a platform during the 2020 presidential election.

A new “Contract with America”-style campaign agenda could unite Trump-supporting Republicans and provide a blueprint for what a governing agenda will look like. Concrete promises might become concrete legislative accomplishments, as they did in 1994.

But it remains to be seen if the Republican Party, let alone the American people, will support those promises.

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This article was originally published by Duncan Smith at The National Sentinal. 

Few in and around Washington have their finger on the pulse of the nation than former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The political tea reader and former Georgia Republican and House Speaker was the one who designed the “Contract With America” that was instrumental in the GOP retaking control of the lower chamber for the first time in decades two years into President Bill Clinton’s first term.

He’s got his finger in the political winds constantly. He knows the ground game better than most.

And he says that President Trump’s not only going to beat Democratic nominee Joe Biden, but wipe the floor with him.

Per Trending Politics:

“I’m predicting that it will be a dramatically bigger victory than people currently expect,” Gingrich told host Jesse Waters on Saturday night.

A Trump victory is “beginning to build,” Gingrich added.

Gingrich encouraged Republicans to point out their differences from Democrats in order to bolster Trump’s chances.

“We don’t have to want to make stuff up. We don’t have to invent some post office phony scandal. We just have to tell the truth about how radical these people are,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich also said the growing violence and chaos in Democratic-controlled cities like Chicago, Seattle, and Portland will hurt Democrats and help Trump.

“Rioting every day for 90 days, that begins to be a fact. And it was very interesting to me that neither Biden nor Harris was willing to say a word about Antifa, [not] a word about a level of crime,” he said.

“You know, [we] have the mayor of Chicago announcing that she’s going to have police on her own personal street because she wants her family to be safe. But good luck to the rest of the city,” Gingrich added. “Well, I think this stuff sinks in at a level of reality that even NBC News can’t cover-up.”

We know that opinions are like belly buttons — everyone has one.

But Newt’s been around a long time. He knows DC. He knows America. And he knows President Trump.


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Newt Gingrich predicts what will cause Trump to ‘probably’ lose re-election to Joe Biden

The coronavirus could spell disaster for President Donald Trump, according to Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, predicted Friday that if a second wave of COVID-19 infections trigger new lockdown measures, especially in states that have already lifted lockdowns, Trump will “probably” lose re-election.

“I think the jury is out. If Trump is right and we can reopen safely with reasonable precautions, he’ll probably get re-elected. If Trump is wrong, and as a result states have to shut down again and the economy goes back in the tank, then he probably won’t get re-elected, no matter what the consequence is, because at that point, people will say, ‘Well, that didn’t work,'” Gingrich told Just The News.

“There’s a lot riding on getting the next couple months to work,” he added.

Gingrich’s comments came in response to questions about whether holding public rallies, including the upcoming Republican National Convention, would hurt Trump and the Republican Party at the ballot box in November.

Gingrich: Trump will ‘probably get re-elected’ if ‘we can reopen safely with reasonable precautions’

On the flip side, Gingrich said that Joe Biden’s strategy of staying out of the spotlight may pay dividends.

“For some people, they prefer safety to risk taking, and it’s very clear that Trump is a risk taker, and it’s very clear that between the virus and the economy and the Chinese… we have a lot of risk out there right now,” Gingrich said. “So it’s conceivable that Biden, by hiding, looks passive, and looks non-threatening and that may be reassuring to people, they may say, ‘Oh, wow, you know, Biden would never do any of these things.’ Now, it’s also true that Biden probably wouldn’t do anything.”

Unfortunately, some states have already begun reimposing COVID-related restrictions.

Texas, for example, re-closed bars on Friday, in addition to slashing restaurant dine-in capacity to just 50%.

Still, as COVID-19 cases surge across the south, states and localities nationwide are working to prevent a COVID-19 flare-up by implementing mandatory mask ordinances.

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Gingrich: If it were not for Trump’s travel restrictions, thousands of Americans would be dead now

Newt Gingrich spends much of his time these days in Italy — the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic — since his wife was named by President Donald Trump as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See in 2017. The former House Speaker has a dire warning for the American people: “America must act now and act big.”

The coronavirus is ‘out of control’ in northern Italy

In a widely circulated column in Newsweek, Gingrich described the coronavirus as “out of control in northern Italy” and explained the horrifying impact the disease is having on the country’s public health system:

Because the demand for respirators and intensive care has been beyond any previous planning, doctors have been forced into the kind of triage thinking developed for intense battlefield casualty situations. There are reports that emergency room doctors are allotting respirators to those with higher life expectancy due to the limited equipment in the hardest hit areas of the province. If you are older or have other illnesses, you may simply not be eligible for treatment.

If it were not for Trump’s measures, we’d be looking at 5,400 deaths instead of 41

Gingrich also praised the Trump administration’s efforts to combat the illness:

President Donald Trump was right to cut off travel from China as soon as it was clear how big the pandemic was going to be. He saved American lives and bought time for America to be more prepared as the pandemic developed.

When you realize that the current 1,016 deaths in Italy with a population of 60 million would be the equivalent of 5,400 deaths in the United States instead of the 41 deaths we have had so far, you can see what milder, slower and less aggressive responses might have cost in lives. Then we would have needed to move to truly draconian measures of isolation and shutdowns.

We need a World War II-type mobilization, he says

However, Gingrich said war-time-like efforts may be needed to prevent similar devastation in the U.S.:

While Trump’s decisive actions have bought us time, it is important to recognize that we must use that time to think through the health threat in every component and react accordingly.

We should be planning for a worst-case pandemic and using the kind of intensity of implementation which served us so well in World War II. Getting enough ventilators, masks, intensive care units, treatment medications and aggressive community-wide testing are the minimum steps to saving lives and stopping the pandemic.

While U.S. policy-makers are right to be concerned about the economic impacts of domestic restrictions, the lesson of Italy, Gingrich concluded, is that “the sooner you act, the fewer lives you will lose and the less damage you will do to your economy.”