Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey hurt his White House chances Thursday, by grandstanding at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
“When you see these kind of stunts, particularly if they’re not well done, I think Booker shrank as a possible presidential candidate yesterday, except maybe on the comedy channel,” Gingrich said on “Mornings With Maria” Friday. (RELATED: Newt Gingrich Calls Anonymous NYT Op-Ed Author A ‘Coward’ Who Should Go ‘Work At CNN’)
Booker referred to himself as “Spartacus” during the hearing and threatened to release confidential documents without going through the proper channels.
“The whole thing was absurd,” he continued. “It has the kind of hyperbole — Spartacus, for those who’ve never paid attention to him, was a gladiator who led a rebellion. At the end of which he and several thousand people were crucified. Now to stand in the Senate and say, ‘This is going to be my Spartacus moment,’ is a comment of egocentrism.”
Gingrich predicted this type of behavior from Democrats will affect their performance at the polls in November, while solid economic numbers will serve as a boost to GOP candidates.
“You have the lowest unemployment numbers in 50 years. You have the lowest African-American unemployment in history, the lowest Latino unemployment in history. You have North Korea public media saying the North Koreans want to get to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula,” Gingrich added.
“I mean, all of these things that are real are going on — that’s the Trump Republican side,” he said. “Over here, you have a group of people who look weirder and weirder and weirder and I think that in the end, it has to be a substantial disadvantage for the Democrats.”
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