Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich predicted Wednesday that Democrats would be blaming the martians next in search of a conspiracy theory to undermine President Donald Trump and his agenda.
Fox News host Sean Hannity asked Gingrich to explain the “bizarre tinfoil hat conspiracies” being pushed by Democrats of which he claimed, “there’s not a shred of evidence, not a shred.”
“Right, well, I’ll tell you what’s equally amazing,” Gingrich responded. “Some of the liberal networks are now actually reminding Democrats of what they said about [James] Comey in the last few months. And I’ve never seen them do this before. The Democrats are now so out of sync with reality that even the more liberal networks are beginning to have to say, ‘now wait a second, remember when you said this, and you said this, and you said this?’ “
Gingrich appeared to refer to a segment from MSNBC where the host pressed Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to explain how her past criticism of Comey squared with her current criticism of Trump for firing him.
“The objective fact is that there is no evidence that President Trump did anything in any way that was inappropriate,” Gingrich continued. “And I think that part of what you have and you saw this with Hillary Clinton last week, they can’t look in the mirror and say ‘I lost.’ So there’s gotta be some y’know, somebody did it to them.”
“I think the next phase after this burns out, will be martians,” he said, laughing. “I think they’ll gonna go pull up ‘Mars Attacks!’ as a movie and they’ll say see.”
Gingrich went on later to explain why he thought Democrats and the media are spinning improbable conspiracies involving Trump.
“The fact is that you are not dealing with a desperation on the left,” he said. “I think the only way you can understand the news media and the left-wing Democrats is that it is a pathology. It’s not a political event, it’s a psychosis, brought about by the shock on election night, that the world they knew was coming, namely Hillary Clinton, a liberal Supreme Court, imposing radical values using the power of government, sometime around eight or nine’o’clock that night it disappeared. And they have never gotten over it, and as a result you see these kind of nutty statements.”
Democrats have vehemently criticized Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director Comey because of the perception that he was improperly trying to quash the investigation into Russian meddling in the election.
CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called it a “grotesque abuse of power,” while even conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer implied that the only plausible motivation of the firing was connected with the Russian investigation.