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Gingrich: Liberals Treating Trump Like Slave Newspapers Treated Lincoln

President Trump’s critics are similar to the “slave newspapers” that dogged Abraham Lincoln, according to Newt Gingrich.

The Hill reported that the former speaker of the House, during a Fox News appearance, said a professor of Civil War-era history had made the comparison. “He has made the case that the parallels between Trump’s inaugural and Lincoln’s inaugural, and the reactions to them, are amazing,” Gingrich said. “If you go and you look at how South Carolina’s slave newspapers responded to Lincoln and then you look at how the left responded to Trump, they are almost verbatim parallels.”

The Georgia Republican, who led the House of Representatives in the 1990s during the administration of President Bill Clinton, suggested that liberals and conservatives are more divided than ever. He warned that finding common ground is unlikely in the foreseeable future because the “left is going to get crazier and crazier.” Gingrich pointed out that when there is no compromising on issues, “one side or the other wins.”

The ex-speaker has been one of the president’s most loyal supporters, serving as an adviser and campaign surrogate during the 2016 White House race. Since the election, he has used his platform as a Fox News analyst to frequently defend Trump. However, The Hill pointed out that Gingrich is beginning to question some of the president’s rhetoric and actions. For instance, he slammed Trump’s controversial response to the violent Aug. 12 white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

“The last thing he’s got to do, and I'm being very candid here, is he’s got to quit stepping on himself,” Gingrich declared on 'Fox & Friend' Monday morning. “He had a very good infrastructure press conference the other day, and then he stepped on it, blew it, guaranteed that it wouldn't get covered. That's like a quarterback who goes out and throws the ball down for the other side and fumbles on the first play of every possession.”

Gingrich urged the administration to make a “few course corrections,” explaining: “He’s got to be more disciplined and he’s got to work as part of a team, and then I think he generally could work out to be a remarkably good president.”

Trump is under fire for claiming some “very fine people” were among the Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis and other white nationalists who gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. The president claimed “both sides” were responsible for the bloodshed that ensued when one of the demonstrators steered his car into a group of anti-racism counter-protesters. A woman was killed and dozens of people suffered injuries. Trump agrees with those who want symbols of the Confederacy to remain on government property across the South.

“What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say, the alt-right?” the president asked during a rare press conference on Tuesday. “Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.”

Source: The Hill
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