Newt Gingrich is probably the one of Trump’s most loyal toadies, at this point.
He’s become completely unhinged, in the process, but still, when was the last time a once-respected policymaker, pundit, and big brain in our American system openly advocated for an authoritarian system, with no checks and balances against the power of the president?
Pretty much anybody on mainstream media in 2008?
This, however, is a new level of politician-worship. It has all the trappings of Obama’s 2008 sycophancy, with an added layer of open admittance of deception, once the election was won.
Many have made note of just how many swamp creatures Trump has brought into his cabinet since the process of filling up his administration began. All the rally cries of “Drain the swamp!” are but a distant echo, at this point.
Gingrich spoke with NPR on Wednesday morning about candidate Trump versus President-elect Trump.
Gingrich told NPR’s “Morning Edition” that he was told Trump “now says [the phrase] was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore.”
Gingrich, who has been a close adviser to Trump, said he likes “drain the swamp” because it “vividly illustrates the problem, because all people in this city who are the alligators are going to hate the swamp being drained.”
“But, you know, he is my leader and if he decides to drop the swamp and the alligator I will drop the swamp and the alligator,” he added.
Yeah. Emphasis mine. That just seemed kind of creepy.
“Maybe he feels that as president, as the next president of the United States, that he should be marginally more dignified than talking about alligators in swamps,” Gingrich said.
Dignified isn’t what won him the election, and the definition of that term, “dignified” has morphed into something completely different, if you go by some of the gaudy, science-fiction/fantasy-inspired memes his supporters are releasing.
Regardless, it is an interesting tell that even his most ardent devotees have lost interest in keeping up the sloganeering that Trump rode to victory in November.