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Newt Gingrich: Trump 'Exactly Right' in Supporting Iranian Protesters

Newt Gingrich: Trump 'Exactly Right' in Supporting Iranian Protesters

By    |   Tuesday, 02 January 2018 12:33 PM

President Donald Trump is "exactly right" to be supporting protesters in Iran and condemning the country's leadership, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday.

"I think President Trump is exactly right to be pushing hard, to be publicly condemning the dictatorship," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"I think you're seeing the dictatorship, once again this will be the fourth time now, being de-legitimized."

Once again, he added, Iranians are saying "'look, this is not a good deal. This is not a good standard of living. You're taking all of this money [Barack] Obama gave you, and you're spending it on Hezbollah and on Hamas and on making trouble around the region. We want you to spend it here at home.'"

"Now is an important moment to push Iran's leaders, and to decide to stand publicly with the people of Iran," said Gingrich, and "this is a very important moment to really push the dictatorship and to decide publicly with the Iranian people."

Trump has been tweeting his support for the protesters, who took to streets in major Iranian cities last week to protest the nation's leadership and spiraling prices on necessities.

On Tuesday, the president commented that "the people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their 'pockets.' The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!"

Gingrich, though, said he does not know if the protests will result in removing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani or Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei from office.

"I say it depends on the nerve of the dictatorship, if you have a strong dictatorship, and you're willing to kill enough people," said Gingrich.

"We're seeing this happen in Venezuela right now, where there's a terrible, unbelievable human crisis underway with a dictatorship which is willing to have children die of malnutrition and willing to kill and do whatever it takes to survive."

However, European nations are "squeamish" about dealing with Iran, continued Gingrich, and "are confused because they would like to cut a deal and do business with the Iranians, but they really do hate this kind of suppression."

He does think that if such countries would join with the United States in saying anyone involved in killing demonstrators could be subject to trial as a war criminal "that would begin to rattle the system."

"I know in the fall of the Soviet empire, Ronald Reagan speaking out made a really big difference psychologically," Gingrich said. "I think if the Europeans would join President Trump in speaking out, they might have a surprisingly big impact on the resolve of the American people and on undermining the resolve of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard."

Also on the program, Gingrich talked about a new book he's writing, "Trump's America," and spoke about his belief that 2018 will be a good year for Republicans, despite predictions being made otherwise.

"The whole opening of the book is all of these folks who have been wrong, you know?" he said. "They were wrong in 2015. They said trump would never be a credible candidate. They were wrong in 2016. They said he couldn't get the nomination. He couldn't beat Hillary Clinton. They've been wrong for all of 2017."

"The biggest problem here is the Republicans not the Democrats," he continued. "If the Republicans led by the president can focus in on winning the argument about the tax bill, spend the whole year pounding away at the notion jobs are created by businesses, cutting taxes and can you get regulations creates jobs. And let the Democrats be the party socialism, big government, and big bureaucracy."

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