Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday reacted to reports that current Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was going to begin attacking President Donald Trump on the economy by describing her as “whacked.”
“Anybody who thinks tearing up the State of the Union is clever I think is really deeply out of touch with reality and this new attack on the economy will be the same,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Ed Henry.
The Georgia Republican expressed surprise at the tactic considering the Trump administration’s economic successes, including record-low unemployment numbers, strong wage growth, and an influx of jobs created.
In what the administration has touted as a “blue-collar boom,” in January the country added 225,000 new jobs while wage growth remained at 3.1 percent. The unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth to 3.6 percent, but it continues to hover near a 50-year low.
“This is like picking a granite mountain and running into it with your head,” Gingrich said.
“They could have a good fight on health care. That makes some sense. They could have a good fight on education reform,” he continued. “But, to go after President Trump in what has been a remarkable period where…something like 65 percent of all Americans feel like they have more money, they are better off.
“To run in and say to them, ‘No, you’re too stupid to understand how bad the economy is’ doesn’t strike me as very good salesmanship,” the former Speaker added.
Politico reported Tuesday that Pelosi hosted a special speaker’s meeting with a top Obama-era economics adviser to explain to Democrats why the economy isn’t actually as strong as the president is claiming and how they can use that ahead of the November election.