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Newt As VP Would Be Ominous Choice For Immigration Patriots
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May 17, 2016, 07:36 AM
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See Also: [For Immigration Patriots, Scott Brown Probably Trump's Best VP ChoiceBut There Are Others by Washington Watcher]

Speculation is increasing former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will be Donald Trump's choice for Vice President. Gingrich offers a number of advantages.

First, he's been a vocal supporter of Trump throughout the primary process and has been in communication with the real estate mogul for years. Trump and Gingrich would actually be able to have a good working relationship. They both share a passion for big ideas, a certain conception of American greatness which is actually exciting and inspiring. (Who doesn't want to see a Trump/Gingrich plan for America to renew America's space program? Only cucks, that's who).

Second, Trump has stated in the past he wants somebody who has political experience and who can help him on Capitol Hill. Gingrich would obviously be an ideal choice from this perspective, especially as President Trump isn't likely to get much help from the likes of Paul Ryan.

Third, Gingrich has a take no prisoners rhetorical style similar to that of Trump. When he's in attack mode, he refuses to accept the media's frame and is a skilled debater. If Hillary nominates a non-entity like Julian Castro as VP, watching Gingrich dismantle him during the VP debate will be glorious to behold.

But there are important disadvantages as well. Gingrich's checkered personal life is one of the most obvious, especially as Trump may have a hard time winning over Christians troubled by Trump's lifestyle. Gingrich is also a backward looking choice. It should not be forgotten that Bill Clinton was able to essentially defeat him during the political struggles of the 90's. Reexamining that period won't be an edifying experience for the GOP.

From an immigration patriot's perspective however, the real problem is Gingrich's record on immigration and the national question. He's not always in "attack mode" and has often gone out of his way in the past to make things more difficult for patriots.

For example, despite his promises, Gingrich betrayed his supporters by refusing to take action against anti-White racial preferences, i.e. "affirmative action," because he didn't want to upset Great Black Hope J.C. Watts. (In 2008, Watts revealed he was considering voting for Barack Obama.)

Gingrich has been well paid by a number of different lobbyists over the years, including, damnably, Freddie Mac.

Gingrich has gone out of his way to promote the farce of "minority outreach," notably with the ludicrous "Americano" website. He has supported statehood for Puerto Rico. He's bowed and cringed before Hispanic activists when criticized.

Most importantly, Gingrich has a woeful record on immigration.  Though Gingrich said in 2011 he opposes "amnesty," he has vocally denied wanting to deport illegal immigrants [Newt Gingrich Details Illegal Immigration Plan and How to Handle Those Already in Our Countryby Jim Meyers, Newsmax, December 28, 2011] During the 2012 presidential campaign, even Mitt Romney was blasting Gingrich's plans from the right and Michele Bachmann said Gingrich "probably has the most liberal position on illegal immigration of any candidate in the race" [Is Newt Gingrich Right About Immigration, US News and World Report, November 30, 2011]

Look for all of Gingrich's quotes about the need for a "humane" policy to be resurrected if Trump picks him as VP.

Is there any good news? Gingrich has opposed a "comprehensive" immigration plan, arguing that the problem must be approached piecemeal with a focus on security first [Solving immigration, one step at a timeby Newt Gingrich, The Washington Times, November 19, 2014] Gingrich is also a vocal supporter of making English the nation's official language, a wildly popular issue which for some reason Republicans refuse to take up.

One could argue that Trump himself has changed things so much that his pick for VP isn't worth panicking about. After all, even Gingrich is now bashing the "rich guys" getting their way in the GOP and talking about bad trade deals [Newt Gingrich: GOP Establishment 'Denying Reality' Should 'Question Their Failure,' by Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart, March 1, 2016]

But the pick does show Trump's priorities. It's not like there are alternatives at this point. Even the "consistent conservative" TrustTED Cruz let down immigration patriots when he picked the loathsome Carly Fiorina as his VP pick. Rick Santorum, who had taken a strong position on immigration in the campaign, let immigration patriots down when he pointlessly endorsed Marco Rubio.

If Trump picks Gingrich, it's not a sign to panic or go crazy, but it's definitely a sign to watch closely. A Vice President Gingrich would need to make a clear statement about his own immigration position, repudiating his past mistakes, definitely opposing amnesty and explicitly supporting Trump's platform.