Newt Gingrich, an adviser to Donald Trump, asserted on Wednesday that the president-elect can accomplish more that President Barack Obama if he “remains honest.”
During an interview with NPR, Gingrich predicted that conservatives would be “giddy” as Trump issued executive orders during the first 48 hours of his presidency.
“I suspect that the opening 48 or 72 hours will have so many executive orders repealing Obama’s executive orders that the average conservative will be giddy with excitement,” the former Speaker of the House opined. “This was an election that had consequence. It probably rivals the Reagan election of ’80 and the FDR election of ’32, in that sense.”
“Obama, by the way, had a similar election but couldn’t sustain it, partly because he kept lying,” Gingrich said. “And this will be a real test for Trump. If Trump remains honest and seems like a person who’s authentic, he’s going to go a long way. If, under the pressure of the city, he starts dissembling and saying things that aren’t true, he’ll decay much as Obama did.”
Gingrich lamented, however, that Trump had disavowed his promise to “drain the swamp.”
“I’ve noticed on a couple of fronts, like people chanting ‘lock her up,’ that he’s in a different role now and maybe he feels that as president, as the next president of the United States, that he should be marginally more dignified than talking about alligators in swamps,” he observed. “I personally have, as a sense of humor, like the alligator and swamp language.”
“But, you know, he is my leader and if he decides to drop the swamp and the alligator, I will drop the swamp and the alligator.”
Listen to the interview below from NPR.