Newt Gingrich sat down for a political roundtable discussion over the weekend, and one of the topics was a highly controversial comment Mitt Romney made about President Obama and his campaign during a conference call with donors.
“What the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote,” Romney said of this year’s election.
Indeed, the voters in question didn’t take kindly to the accusation that they were bought, and a firestorm of controversy was aimed at Romney for implying that the election was something of a bribe. Newt Gingrich, who has been an outspoken figure in the presidential race, said the comments were “insulting”.
“I just think it’s nuts. I mean, first of all, it’s insulting,” Gingrich said. “This would be like Walmart having a bad week and going, ‘The customers have really been unruly.’ I mean, the job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can’t offer a better future that is believable to more people, we’re not gonna win.”
To some, the comments seem to reinforce the idea that Romney, along with others in the Republican party, “despises” the American people, and that by picking up where his “47%” comment left off, he isn’t doing himself any favors even now that the election is over.