Newt Gingrich says he has a ‘learning problem’ when asked about Jan. 6

Newt Gingrich says he has a ‘learning problem’ when asked about Jan. 6

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich insults a Capitol Hill reporter when the media questions him about the House Select Committee probing the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Dressed in a dark suit and red tie Gingrich appeared to ignore the reporter before turning towards him and saying: 'I think you have a learning disability.' Wong appearing stunned replied: 'Excuse me?'
What do you think of the committee formed on January 6? Scott Wong, NBC’s senior congressional reporter, questioned Gingrich during a Thursday press scrum at the Capitol.

He said, “No,” before shaking his head.

Gingrich, 79, was present to assist House Republicans with forthcoming elections.

Wong followed by asking Gingrich, who was surrounded by other reporters, “You have no opinions about the committee itself?” as he held his cell phone towards the former House Speaker.

Gingrich, dressed in a dark suit and crimson tie, appeared to dismiss the reporter before turning towards him and saying, “I believe you have a learning handicap.”

Wong was stunned by the demeaning statement and responded, “Excuse me?”

The former House Speaker was at the Capitol on Thursday to help House Republicans and speak about the upcoming elections

Then, Gingrich indicated with his hands and pointed to his head, saying, ‘The truth is, I’ve stated three or four times that I don’t discuss it. Try the sentence ‘I do not discuss it.’

Wong then posted the embarrassing statement on Twitter, where it received more than 28,000 views.

Former Speaker Gingrich tells me, “I believe you have a learning impairment” and points to his brain after I asked him earlier today what he thought of the January 6 committee.

The former House Speaker was at the Capitol on Thursday to help House Republicans and speak about the upcoming elections

September 22, 2022 — Scott Wong (@scottwongDC)

Gingrich, attired in a dark suit and red tie, appeared to dismiss the reporter before turning to him and stating, “I believe you have a learning handicap.” Wong, who appeared shocked, responded, “Excuse me?”

NBC’s senior legislative reporter Scott Wong tweeted the humiliating statement, which received more than 28,000 views.

Thursday, the former House Speaker was at the Capitol to assist House Republicans and discuss upcoming elections.

Gingrich has long been a significant role in Republican politics in the United States, including a presidential candidacy, and he has been a fervent defender of former President Trump and his Congressional friends.

During Trump’s administration, his wife, Callista Gingrich, served as ambassador to the Vatican.

The US House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol requested information from Gingrich regarding his efforts to propagate false claims regarding the 2020 election.

Representative Bennie Thompson, the head of the Democratic-led Select Committee, stated that information received by the panel included email messages in which Newt Gingrich provided ‘specific feedback’ regarding television programs.

When contacted Gingrich through his company’s website in Virginia, there was no instant response.

In the letter, Thompson stated, ‘These advertising activities were not intended to urge voting for a specific candidate.

Instead, these initiatives aimed to raise doubt on the election’s conclusion after voting had concluded.

It was stated that Gingrich propagated messages calculated to stir voter ire.

Thompson reported that Gingrich looked to be complicit in Trump’s plan to appoint false electors and emailed his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, on the evening of January 6, after Trump supporters had invaded the Capitol, about these efforts.

Thompson wrote to Gingrich, ‘Information obtained by the Select Committee suggests that you provided detailed directives about the television ads that perpetuated false claims about election fraud in 2020, that you sought to expand the reach of this messaging, and that you were likely in direct conversations with President Trump about these efforts.’

Thompson added that the committee has information indicating that Gingrich was involved in a plot to replace state electors with handpicked individuals who would work to keep Trump in power despite his election loss.

The committee requested that Gingrich come during the week of September 19 for a voluntary, transcribed interview.

It also requested that he keep all records of communications he may have had with the White House, Trump, or anyone involved in the January 6 events.

The call for Gingrich’s cooperation comes as the committee continues its probe in secret and prepares for a new round of hearings next month.

In recent weeks, lawmakers and staff have been interviewing witnesses and producing a final report following a series of hearings in June and July that shed new light on Trump’s activities before and after the deadly riots at the Capitol, as well as his lack of response during the violence.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is being contacted by the House panel investigating the January 6 rebellion (pictured in July)

Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson wrote in a letter that the committee had discovered emails between Newt Gingrich and Trump associates.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) presents Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a rally held at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 6, 2016. Trump is campaigning in Ohio prior to next week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The hearings are anticipated to continue in September, before to the midterm elections.

If Gingrich cooperates, the committee will question more than 1,000 witnesses, including scores of Trump friends.

If he cooperates, the committee will question more than 1,000 witnesses, including dozens of Trump friends.

Thompson alleged in his letter to Gingrich that the former Georgia senator exchanged emails with key Trump aides encouraging the public to call state officials and exert pressure on them to overturn Trump’s loss to Joe Biden.

Thompson stated, “To that goal, these advertisements were shown deliberately in the days running up to December 14, 2020, the day electors from each state gathered to vote for president and vice president.”

This occurred as Georgia election officials faced threats of violence and intimidation.

According to the committee, in an email sent to White House aides on December 8, 2020, Gingrich stated: ‘The purpose is to enrage the country by revealing new, verifiable facts that the American people have never seen before…. If we inform the American people in a way that convinces them and enrages them, they will exert pressure on legislators and governors. The panel also noted an email sent by Gingrich to Meadows and then-White House attorney Pat Cipollone on November 12, 2020, few days after the election: “Is someone in charge of coordinating all the electors?” … the challenged electors must convene on (D)ecember 14 and submit ballots in order to force the house to decide contests.’

6 January, 10:42 p.m., after the Capitol had been evacuated and Congress had resumed recognizing Biden’s victory, Gingrich emailed Meadows. The committee reports that he inquired about messages from state legislators regarding “decertifying electors.”

“Surprisingly, the attack on Congress and the constitutionally mandated actions did not even halt your unrelenting pursuit,” wrote Thompson.

In addition to live witness testimony, video interviews with some of the former president’s closest aides, Cabinet secretaries, and even family members were shown during the committee’s eight summer sessions.

The hearings are anticipated to continue in September, before to the midterm elections.

Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, after being encouraged by the then-president in a speech outside the White House to protest the formal congressional certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election.

Trump has refused to accept that he lost the election, instead continuing unsubstantiated claims that Biden’s victory was due to electoral fraud.

The committee is investigating what actions Trump took while hundreds of his fans attacked police, destroyed the Capitol, and sent members of Congress and then-Vice President Mike Pence fleeing for their lives.

The committee that met on January 6 will hold its next hearing on Wednesday.

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