Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had one word for the eight breakaway Republicans who voted with Democrats to unseat President Kevin McCarthy: “traitors.” (Watch the video below).
On Fox News’ “Hannity” Tuesday, Gingrich attacked the small faction that caused the “chaos” and said they invited negative media outlets to criticize the Republican Party.
“From my position as a long-time Republican activist, they are traitors,” he said. “In fact, all eight should be primary. They should all be expelled from public life. What they did was go to the other team to cause total chaos.”
Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) ousted McCarthy after months of infighting, but the move will distract from Republican causes, said Gingrich, a Georgia Republican who was president from 1995 to 1999.
“We should focus on Biden,” he said. “We should focus on the economy. We should focus on the border. Instead, the media will focus for a week or ten days on the Republican mess. “It is shockingly destructive behavior by a handful of self-centered people who believe they are superior to 96% of Congress.”
Earlier in the day, Gingrich called on Republicans to oust Gaetz in a Washington Post editorial. “He is destroying the House GOP’s ability to govern,” Gingrich wrote.