Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is one of the few Americans who thought Donald Trump did a good job in his interview on Sunday with Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
“President Trump was the big winner in the interview with Chris Wallace,” Gingrich tweeted. “He proved he could take the heat sitting outside for tough questions from Wallace. Lets see Biden get interviewed for an hour even in air conditioning. It would be embarrassing.”
Gingrich’s description of the interview bared little resemblance to what actually happened.
In the interview Trump boasted that he passed a dementia test, but Wallace repeatedly pointed out to Trump that such tests are not difficult. As president of the United States, Trump is trusted with the nuclear launch codes.
Trump also lied and said that the U.S. has the “best mortality rate” from the coronavirus, which is not true.
Summing up the interview, the Washington Post noted that Trump’s answers were ” a barrage of dubious and false claims, and revealed his lack of understanding about the fundamental science of how the virus spreads and infects people.”
Gingrich has spent most of the Trump presidency singing the unpopular president’s praises. He has written four books on Trump, with each one holding up the impeached leader as a hero.
Gingrich served as Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999. He left after the Republican Party lost seats after the 1998 midterm election.
It was later revealed that while Gingrich had been attacking President Bill Clinton for an extramarital affair, Gingrich himself was cheating on his wife with a congressional staffer over 20 years younger than him. Gingrich is now married to that woman, Callista Gingrich, who serves as Donald Trump’s ambassador to the Vatican.