Donald Trump likes to compare himself to President Andrew Jackson and now Newt Gingrich, who was a college history professor before getting into politics, is backing up that assertion. Weirdly, I think they actually think this is a compliment to him.
In an interview with CBS This Morning on Tuesday, former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called President Trump a “remarkable” and “historic” figure, comparing him to the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson.
“I think Trump is a remarkable figure,” Gingrich said, responding to questions about the president veering off course and antagonizing his own party ahead of a major budget and tax reform battle. “I think he’s a historic figure, he’s certainly probably the biggest change agent since Andrew Jackson in the 1820s and 1830s.”
Leaving aside the meaningless pablum of calling someone a “change agent,” the comparison to Jackson is hardly an appealing one. But it’s accurate. Like Jackson, Trump is highly ignorant, bigoted and authoritarian. Both are demagogues of the first order who delight in firing up the angry mob with fear. Jackson was not an “agent of change,” he was an agent, quite literally, of genocide. Why anyone would be proud of such a comparison is beyond me.