Failed presidential candidate and disgraced former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is a staunch cheerleader for President Donald Trump. To that end, he’s published a new book called Understanding Trump in which he reveals that the reality TV star ran for president because he thought it would be more fun than buying a really expensive boat.
Gingrich says in the introduction that he wrote the book because the press and historians “refuse to try to understand Donald Trump.” He also calls his dear leader “one of the most remarkable individuals to ever occupy the White House.” However, in between singing Trump’s praises as just the greatest guy, Gingrich reveals the sort of statesman-like thinking that went into the president’s decision to run for the office he now holds.
From an excerpt via ABC News:
I told him he had to run a national campaign or the news media and voters would not take him seriously. I also told him he needed to plan to run in Iowa and New Hampshire, and I ran through various things we had learned in 2011 and 2012.
In a very Trump-the-businessman way, he said, “So, what’s the bottom line?”
I thought for a minute and said he could be competitive for about $70 to $80 million.
His response was priceless. After a moment of thought, he said, “$70 to 80 million: that would be a yacht. This would be a lot more fun than a yacht!”
Gingrich then writes that in that moment, he knew Trump would be the president.
Gingrich is a political fraud on the highest level, so much of what he says as a “historian” can be discounted. (Case-in-point, he recently said that the president cannot obstruct justice even though his House of Representatives impeached a president for obstruction of justice.)
Still, if this accounting of their discussion is true, it serves not as an example of Trump’s business acumen but rather how shallow and cynical the beginning of his political career actually was.
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