Gingrich: House ‘radicals’ will try to ‘blackmail the country’ amid coronavirus crisis
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Monday said he thinks Democratic “radicals” in the House will attempt to “blackmail the country” and President Trump into signing “a new bill with everything they’ve ever wanted in life” in the next action to address the coronavirus crisis.
“I think it’s very likely that the House, where the radicals are in control, would love to blackmail the country,” Gingrich said on “Fox & Friends.” “They tried on this last bill and failed.”
“They’re salivating at the idea that they could produce a new bill with everything they’ve ever wanted in life and somehow blackmail the president into signing it,” the former Speaker said.
Pelosi and other House Democrats have already started pushing for another coronavirus package after a $2.2 trillion stimulus package was passed and signed by the president last week.
“We have to do more. I think this bill was just a down payment,” Pelosi said Sunday in an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“We have to pass another bill that goes to meeting the need more substantially than we have.”
Conservatives have argued that Pelosi seeks to include items that have nothing to do with coronavirus from a health or economic relief perspective, including enhanced collective bargaining powers for unions, increased fuel emissions standards for airlines and expansion of wind and solar tax credits.
Gingrich’s remarks came as he joined the Fox News program via Skype from his residence in Italy. Gingrich’s wife, Calista Gingrich, serves as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.