Newt Gingrich: Democratic Governors Want to Be ‘Little Petty Gods Who Get to Decide Life and Death’

Newt Gingrich: Democratic Governors Want to Be ‘Little Petty Gods Who Get to Decide Life and Death’

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has attacked Democratic governors imposing social distancing measures to contain Covid-19. The Republican spoke to Fox & Friends on Monday about an op-ed he’s written for Fox News.

The opinion piece castigates governors for believing they have god-like decision-making powers. It is just the latest attack on Democrats trying to tackle the global pandemic in their states.

“The Governor of Michigan, who issued this truly absurd Executive Order suggesting that you couldn’t buy a child seat, you couldn’t buy seeds.”

“If you went to Walmart or you went to Home Depot the area that sold seeds to plant in your backyard had a sign up that said it’s illegal to buy these right now.”

“Normal people — what is that all about? If you look at the list you sort of get some intern must have written it up because it makes so little sense. That’s an example. You had a mayor in Illinois who declared that she had the right to decide who could get food and who couldn’t get food.”

“You look around the country, one of the major responsibilities right after defeating the virus and restarting the economy. The third big effort is going to be to take power back from the politicians because you cannot allow them to decide they’re little petty gods who get to decide life and death for all the rest of us.”

Gingrich’s complaints are of course advanced in bad faith and feed into the right-wing narrative that Democratic governors are overreacting to a global pandemic that has now killed more than 40,000 Americans.

Watch the video above, via Fox News.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor