Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Monday accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden of not wanting the economy to recover rapidly because of fears that President Donald Trump will be re-elected, and said the two congressional leaders are playing a "game of chicken" with laws intended to help Americans.
"They are faced with a nightmare," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "The president finishes handling the coronavirus as well as I think he will, and he then pivots and uses all of his ability to create a strong economy and by September and October you can tell that we're coming back, the election will be over and Trump will get re-elected."
Pelosi and Schumer would rather have that comeback happen later, like next January, said Gingrich, but not in September.
"I'm not saying that they sit down in a coldly calculated way, but I don't think that they have at any point placed putting America back to work ahead of partisan politics," Gingrich also said.
However, Gingrich also said he does think the Democrats are "engaged in a game of chicken" with key legislation, such as the Payroll Protection Program.
"They have done this now several times, and their hope is at some point that the president or (Treasury) Secretary Steven Mnuchin or somebody will flinch and give them what they want," said Gingrich.
But when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed by 96-0, "he took all of the wind out of Pelosi's sails," said Gingrich.
Gingrich also slammed Pelosi as a "job-killing, ice-cream eating Democrat" after an interview on late-night talk show host James Corden's show, where she showed her "two very-expensive refrigerators" and the "$11.75 a point ice cream (that) comforts her."
'This is the most tone-deaf thing I have ever seen a Speaker of the House do...this was goofy even by San Francisco standards," said Gingrich.
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