Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Speaker: Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House After Ted Cruz’s poorly-received, non-endorsement of Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich came on to offer an effective deflection of Cruz’s speech by paraphrasing the Texas senator’s suggestion that Americans vote their conscience and vote for candidates who will uphold the Constitution. In this election, Newt said, Donald Trump is the only choice in that regard. Much has been said about Cruz’s unwillingness to endorse the Republican nominee (and I’m not condemning Cruz for standing for his convictions), but with that comment, Gingrich wrapped up the controversy in a nice little bow and allowed the convention to neatly move past it. The meat of Gingrich’s speech centered around the safety of America and how radical Islam is at war with us. Firing off incident after incident of terrorist acts, he reminded us all of how pervasive this war truly is on a global scale, and he warned us that “we cannot let ourselves grow numb to these accumulating atrocities.” I thought one of the most succinct and powerful statements he made was that when faced with this assault on our country and our world “we must change course to win.” Hillary Clinton has been the face of our response to the radical Islamist war against us. And her actions have made America less safe. Moreover, as Gingrich pointed out, she has lied about so much of it along the way. This speech is something all Americans should hear and take to heart. Gingrich stated that the threats we face are beyond politics, that we are dealing with our country’s safety and survival. I encourage you to watch the video if you haven’t seen it (and even if you have!).