(USA Features) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted current Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday for her politicization of the coronavirus pandemic, calling her behavior “despicable.”
Meanwhile, the former Georgia Republican also praised Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his leadership through the still-evolving crisis.
“I think [Mitch] McConnell, both in getting all the [federal] judges through and in getting the enormous aid package through, has been magnificent,” Gingrich told radio host Hugh Hewitt Thursday.
“He’s extraordinary, one of the most important Senate leaders in American history.”
“I think Pelosi has become despicable,” Gingrich continued.
“I think that her comment the other day comparing President Trump to Nero fiddling while Rome burned was just utterly, totally irresponsible, dishonest, and counter to what Americans need. Americans need to come together to defeat the virus,” he said.
He added that “petty politicians” who “tear the country apart” aren’t what the public needs right now.
“They don’t need to have petty politicians trying to tear the country apart, or for that matter, petty newsmen at these press conferences trying to tear the country apart,” he added. “We need to figure out how are we going to save American lives, beat the virus, and help the rest of the planet beat the virus, and Nancy Pelosi is an absolute negative figure dragging down the country.”
Gingrich then referenced a comment from the current Speaker earlier this week when she compared Trump to Roman Emperor Nero, who famously fiddled while his city burned.
“I don’t know what the scientists are saying to him. I don’t know what the scientists said to him, when did this president know about this, and what did he know? What did he know, and when did he know it?” Pelosi said to CNN’s Jake Tapper. “That’s for an after-action review. But as the president fiddles, people are dying.”