Gingrich on Trump: He ‘won’t give up on putting America FIRST’

(National SentinelPresidential: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reaffirmed his support for President Donald J. Trump on Monday during an appearance on Fox News, while poking fun at failed Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton over her appearance on the Grammy Awards show Sunday.

“[Trump’s] not going to give up putting America first. He’s not going to give up fighting for small business, fighting for deregulation, fighting for lower taxes. But I think he has learned over the last year,” Gingrich said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

“He’s had a year now to be president. He’s clearly learned a lot of lessons. There’s no reason for him to know coming into office, the differences between a billionaire in business and being the president of the United States.”

“I always said he is a very smart guy,” Gingrich added. “He didn’t get to be that wealthy by being stupid. He didn’t beat 16 Republicans in the primaries by being stupid.”

He then noted that Trump’s incredible first-year successes have made Clinton politically irrelevant while at the same time leaving Democrats unhinged.

“Just think about this weekend, Hillary Clinton on TV sadly reading out of a weird book, while Donald Trump is preparing a state of the union,” Gingrich noted.

“That’s not a world anybody on the left thought was possible. And so I think he can afford to be generous and say, let’s find a way to work together.”

Reports say Trump is likely to reach out to Democrats in his speech Tuesday night — his first State of the Union Address — in an effort at reconciliation, but it isn’t clear whether they will respond in kind.

Several Democrats have already said they are boycotting the address, which will be given to a joint session of Congress and televised live.

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PETTY: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to join DEMS in skipping Trump’s State of the Union Address

(National SentinelBias: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who was once scolded by President Barack Obama during a State of the Union address along with her fellow justices, has decided not to attend President Donald J. Trump’s first annual address to Americans.

It’s not as though Ginsberg isn’t able to travel, however. She plans to be part of a “fireside chat” at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.

As part of her winter speaking tour, the engagement has been scheduled since August 2017.

That said, Ginsberg has previously, and uncharacteristically for a sitting justice, criticized Trump publicly,  when she called him a “faker” with “no consistency.”

Also, last February Ginsberg did not attend Trump’s address to Congress, though as The Hill reported, she attended all eight of Obama’s congressional addresses.

Other left-leaning political figures won’t attend the State of the Union address, either, Multiple Democrat members of Congress, including Reps. Maxine Waters of California, John Lewis of Florida, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Frederica Wilson of Florida have announced they will boycott the annual event.

Other Democrats have announced different forms of protest. Some said they would wear black to honor victims of sexual assault, many of which were assaulted by liberal entertainers and actors.

After Trump’s speech, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III — the grandson of former Attorney General Robert Kennedy — will deliver the Democrat response.

The last Justice Antonin Scalia began sitting out the annual addresses in 1998, until his death last year. “You just sit there, looking stupid,” he said in 2013, according to CNN.

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