The former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, has slammed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, attacking her record as Secretary of State.
On June 26, Gingrich said he views Clinton’s plethora of experience as a liability to her campaign, not a strength. He told Fox News that the Democratic nominee has been chronically wrong about international affairs.
"There’s no reason to believe that Hillary Clinton’s experiences qualify her for anything except retirement," Gingrich quipped.
The former House Speaker pointed to Clinton's tenure at the State Department, ridiculing her push for the U.S. to intervene in the Libyan civil war in favor of the rebels. He also slammed her recent opposition to Britain’s vote to exit the European Union (EU).
"She was wrong on Brexit; she wanted the remain vote to win," Gingrich continued. "She was wrong on Libya; she thought it would somehow get better if we knocked off [Muammar] Gaddafi. She was wrong on the rest with Russia."
The former House Speaker concluded that Clinton’s poor judgment trumps the breadth of her resume.
"What has she been right about?" Gingrich said. "Do we need more of this kind of experience?"
Gingrich has been a vocal supporter of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump but has also not minced words when criticizing the business mogul.
On June 4, after Trump openly questioned whether or not U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel should recuse himself from presiding over one of several fraud lawsuits against Trump University because of his Hispanic ethnicity, Gingrich unabashedly slammed the presumptive GOP nominee.
"I don’t know what Trump’s reasoning was, and I don’t care," Gingrich told The Washington Post in an email. “His description of the judge in terms of his parentage is completely unacceptable."
The former House Speaker’s sometimes critical candor while discussing Trump may be why he has not been tapped to become the presumptive GOP nominee’s running mate. When asked if he was being vetted to be a vice president alongside Trump, Gingrich told Fox News: “Nobody’s called me. … Nobody has said anything.”
Gingrich’s eagerness to ridicule Clinton for opposing the Brexit vote, a talking point that Trump himself has embraced, could prove to be a risky political gambit. While 52 percent of Britons did vote to leave the EU, the referendum has resulted in political instability and a plummeting economy. The politicians who had lobbied for departure have already stunned supporters by walking back several of their key campaign promises, CNNMoney reports.