Newt, Paul Feud Over Trump

Newt, Paul Feud Over Trump December 7, 2011

When Ron Paul issued a pointed and sarcastic statement refusing to participate in a debate moderated by Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich went and met with Trump and defended him against Paul’s criticism. Politico reports:

“I’m actually very surprised that one of my friends would have said that,” Gingrich said, noting that an actor who appeared with a chimp (Ronald Reagan) became president, as well as a former preanut farmer. “This is a country of enormously wide-open talent. You know, Donald Trump is a great showman. He’s also a great businessman. … I think that we have to be open to new ways of doing things and new ways of approaching things.”

He added, “I thought it was great when he agreed to do it. … It’s part of the process by which Americans (choose).”

The Paul campaign issued a delightfully amusing response:

“We agree, of course, with former Speaker Gingrich — this is a country of people of enormous talent. Those who deliver thousands of babies like Dr. Paul and those who spend their time focusing on promoting themselves for profit. We even have those who lobby, but don’t call it such because, as they say, they can make $60,000 per speech. While those of us in the Paul camp might disagree with Newt Gingrich about whether Donald Trump is the right man to host a serious political debate, we do agree New York is a wonderful place to go at Christmas. We are sure two average Americans like Speaker Gingrich and Donald Trump will have a wonderful time picking out gifts for their wives. We suggest a place called Tiffany’s, we her it is quite nice this time of year and given their celebrity status they can probably get special deals and $500,000 lines of credit.”

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  • RW Ahrens

    This campaign so far this year is great entertainment fodder! It’s been a laugh a minute, almost!

    It’ll be almost as funny watching Newt if he wins their nomination) run as the “family values” candidate against a man whose got a better record of marital fidelity then he does!

  • Ow… Ron Paul’s campaign is snarky!

  • d cwilson

    @RW Ahrens:

    That’s the problem. The GOP has turned this primary into a reality TV show farce. Maybe they should just scrap the whole primary system and just do a season of “GOP Nominee Apprentice”. Each week, the candidates can perform various tasks and presentations to show who hates gays, immigrants, and non-Christians the most. There will be exercises illustrating a candidate’s ability to weather sex scandals as well. And each week will end with The Donald ™ telling one of candidates,

    “You’re fired”.

    The show will culminate with The Donald ™ crowning the nominee at the RNC.

  • Michael Heath

    d cwilson:

    Maybe they should just scrap the whole primary system and just do a season of “GOP Nominee Apprentice”. […] The show will culminate with The Donald ™ crowning the nominee at the RNC.

    Which is still not as idiotic and unserious as the 2008 Republican Convention delegates enthusiastically and unanimously approving Sen. McCain’s nominee for Vice President.

  • Eric Ressner

    d cwilson @ 3:

    Each week, the candidates can perform various tasks and presentations to show who hates gays, immigrants, and non-Christians the most.

    Since we have so many candidates, we need more groups to hate or we’ll run out of weeks and too few will be fired. Can we add poor people, women, non-job creators, and “the 99%” to the schedule?

  • Mr Ed

    SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY SEE THE MONSTERS OF THE GOP. NEWT THE HISTORIAN TAKES ON RON THE LIBERTARIAN IN A STEEL CAGE DEBATE.

  • Aquaria

    “I’m actually very surprised that one of my friends would have said that,” Gingrich said, noting that an actor who appeared with a chimp (Ronald Reagan) became president, as well as a former preanut farmer. “

    Newt actually brought up Bonzo going to Washington? I thought that was verboten in the post-Scumbag Reagan GOP.

  • Those who deliver thousands of babies like Dr. Paul and those who spend their time focusing on promoting themselves for profit.

    Dr. Paul is thus an unabashed hypocrite. You make St. Rand cry when you forsake her like that Dr. Paul

  • d cwilson

    St. Rand probably understands that Dr. Paul is pursuing his long-term self-interest by denigrating Newt for his greed.

  • imthegenieicandoanything

    “Politico reports…”

    HA-HA-ha-ha-ha! “REPORTS”! You’re KILLIN’ me!!!

    HA-HA-ha-ha-ha!

    Politico pretending to “report” news, while not as plain a “Fuck America and fuck YOU, too!” as Faux’ slogan, is as effective a disguise as the wig and dress that Norman Bates wore when taken over by his “mother” personality!

    Anyone working for Politico out there? Don’t ever look in a mirror; you won’t be seeing any reflection. (And drop dead, please.)

  • meg

    @ d cwilson

    If Trump does host the debate, and doesn’t say ‘you’re fired’ at least once, I am going to be extremely disappointed.

  • Modusoperandi

    How about a Survivor/Apprentice crossover? Then they could mention “the Tribe”.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Apparently Newt likes surrounding himself with crazies:

    Gingrich: John Bolton would be my Secretary of State nominee

  • organon

    I’m glad Ron Paul spoke out, but I think the statement should have been: would create even more of a circus atmosphere. I think his campaign’s response was right on target, and despite widespread public misconception about what constitutes capitalism, the statements were in no way in conflict with his stance regarding capitalism. The republican party keeps using the term capitalism for their supposed economic views, but what they typically actually stand for should be called corperatism, not capitalism. They do more to give capitalism a bad name than any of those who claim to be its detractors. One of the most confusing things to me is that Ron Paul remains in the republican party. He shares almost nothing in common with them. He stands up for civil liberties. Defends the constitution and concept of individual rights. Believes we should bring an end to the wars and stop imposing ourselves around the world. Understands the necessity of separation of church and state. Does not agree with corporate welfare. Or with almost anything else near and dear to the party. He is completely out of place. Where I do not agree with him on a number of things, and I have a number of concerns, he does demonstrate an intellectual honesty that makes him stand out like a sore thumb. As an independent, I see both parties having serious flaws. Note from the following link (below) that out of 100 Senators, only 7 voted against this atrocity. There were 93 (republican and democrat) who voted for it. I strongly urge everyone to become aware of the implications of this thing. When it passes into law, it will be the final action taking our Bill of Rights off of life support. And both parties are guilty.

    https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/america_the_battlefield_the_end_of_the_rule_of_law

  • Stacy

    He stands up for civil liberties. Defends the constitution and concept of individual rights.

    …Except when it comes to abortion.

    Understands the necessity of separation of church and state

    O really?

    “The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers….

    “The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance. Throughout our nation’s history, churches have done what no government can ever do, namely teach morality and civility.” –RP

  • organon

    I do not remember at the moment where I read the church state thing, but what I found in a quick search right now show some conflicting views it seems he has held on the subject, including a baffling view at some point regrding that it should be left up to the states. While it seems apparent he is considerably further from union of church and state than his fellow candidates, the views he has apparently expressed on this are disconcerting, to say the least, as it is with his statements on evolution and the abortion issue.

  • redgreeninblue

    and $500,000 lines of credit.

    Given how much sense the candidates for the Republican nomination are (not) making at the moment, I’m starting to wonder whether $500,000 lines of something else are involved. Something white and powdery…

  • wheatdogg

    mo @16:

    A Survivor-style show would be perfect. Better yet, combine it with Man vs. Wild. Ship them all off to remote Pacific island and leave them alone for a few days. Whoever is left can run for the nomination. Or election, as the case may be.

  • Modusoperandi

    wheatdogg, how about The Weakest Dink?

  • Gingrich: John Bolton would be my Secretary of State nominee

    And no-longer-a-judge Roy Moore can be his first Supreme Court nominee. Yipee! Can you say “apocalypse,” boys and girls? Sure you can.

  • Organon:

    This is a public service announcement.

    Ron Paul is a lying fuckbag, a racist piece of shit and a monetary moron. He is a genuine libertarian. He gives a fuck about nobody but himself.