Gingrich urges Repub­li­cans to em­brace “Trump­ism”

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul Daniel Brenner, Spe­cial to The Den­ver Post Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@den­ver­ or @JesseAPaul

For­mer U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said state and lo­cal lead­ers should em­brace “Trump­ism” and urged con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans to en­sure leg­isla­tive progress or risk los­ing power to Democrats come the 2018 elec­tions.

“I think that mak­ing Amer­ica great again has to be, in many ways, a state and lo­cal chal­lenge,” Gingrich said in a Den­ver speech on Fri­day. “How do we make Ken­tucky great again? How do we make Iowa great again? And in­side the states, how do help Des Moines be­come great again, Louisville or a school board?”

Gingrich said that means em­u­lat­ing Pres­i­dent Donald Trump’s ways of cut­ting costs and us­ing “com­mon sense,” de­scrib­ing the pres­i­dent as pos­si­bly “the most ef­fec­tive con­ser­va­tive — func­tion­ally — in our life­time.”

The Ge­or­gian, who ad­vised Trump’s cam­paign and has worked with him since he took of­fice, was speak­ing at the fi­nal day of the Amer­i­can Leg­isla­tive Ex­change Coun­cil con­fer­ence down­town, a gath­er­ing of con­ser­va­tive law­mak­ers, thought lead­ers and lob­by­ists from across the U.S.

His talk re­volved around his work try­ing to get the GOP and the na­tion as a whole to ap­pre­ci­ate the pres­i­dent, tout­ing his new book, “Un­der­stand­ing Trump,” a signed copy of which was given to ev­ery­one in at­ten­dance.

“This is a very deep, cul­tural fight,” said Gingrich, who also made a failed pres­i­den­tial run in 2012.

Gingrich, who called sanc­tu­ary cities “in­sane” and took swipes at CNN and The New York Times, re­it­er­ated warn­ings he has made in re­cent weeks about Repub­li­cans need­ing to make progress in Congress or else be ready to face the con­se­quences, al­lud­ing to failed GOP ef­forts to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act.

“In terms of leg­is­la­tion, the first six months weren’t quite what we hoped for,” he said. “We need to de­cide a game plan (for) the team we have, not a game plan for the team we wish we had. We have to have very dramatic eco­nomic growth start­ing in the first quar­ter of next year.”

If a tax over­haul or an­other ma­jor bill isn’t signed into law, Gingrich said Cal­i­for­nia Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Demo­crat’s leader in Congress, could re­place Speaker Paul Ryan.

“We need to write the bill we can pass,” he said, “not the bill we like. … We are in a fight. We are go­ing to be in a fight for eight solid years un­der Trump. It’s not go­ing to end.”

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