Former Speaker Newt Gingrich former Speaker of the House of Representatives. Author “Contract with America.” After the 1994 mid-term elections – Newt Gingrich became the first Republican Speaker of the House in 40 years. While he was House speaker – the House enacted in 1998 passed the first balanced budget in 30 years. The speakers newest book is: “Collusion”. Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 pm – Book Signing at Book Revue in Huntington, NY Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 pm— Book Signing at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ.
John C.: Good morning, America. This is The Cats Roundtable. John Catsimatidis. It’s Sunday morning and we have a good friend with us this morning. The former speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich. Speaker Gingrich has a new book called Collusion. Good morning speaker Gingrich. How are you this morning?
Newt Gingrich: I’m doing great and it’s always fun to be on The Cats Roundtable, so thank you for allowing me to come and join you.
John C.: Well thank you for coming on and getting up early on Sunday morning. Tell us about this new book, Collusion. I’m sure the title has an interpretation of what’s really going on in the world and what’s going on in Washington.
Newt Gingrich: Well, we set out to write a novel about what real collusion would be like. We ended up … It was a very tough book in terms of the Russians. We ended up with a US Senate aide working with the Russians. A genuine collusion now, not the kind of stuff that Mueller concluded didn’t occur. Putin deciding that he wants to use poison as they have, for example, in Great Britain last year, to use poison on the US Senate and whether or not we can, in fact, stop him and save the Senate, despite the fact that the Russians have an agent right inside working in a way that does reflect some of the things that happened in the past.
Newt Gingrich: We at one point had about 500 Soviet agents, working in different jobs in the US government. This reflects that kind of penetration and what the dangers would be. I’m very excited by it. The book also has a real immediate impact in the sense that we have a central figure who was a Navy SEAL who was deeply injured in a helicopter crash and ended up having to deal with opioid addiction and all the kind of very real problems that happen to some of our wounded warriors. I think people who have an interest in how the modern pain management system works will find it interesting.
Newt Gingrich: I now do, as you know, a free podcast, At Newt’s World, that comes out every Sunday and one of our out coming podcast is two of the great medical doctors who serve our wounded warriors on the battlefield. They’re talking about the challenges we have with people where you recognize that they have a really grave difficulty and we’re developing new approaches that minimize the risk of becoming addicted.
John C.: I have to tell you, a few months ago, we had on our radio show on Sunday, the highest KGB agent ever to defect. I asked him the question, all the troubles we’re having in America and it seems like every three months there’s a new crisis about something. Either we’re taking down Jefferson Davis’ statue or Columbus statue and he said that the KGB is behind a lot of it. How do you feel about that?
Newt Gingrich: Well, I think the Russians cause trouble any time they can and I think they’ve had a very long history of operating psychological warfare of operations and trying to divide things. We know, for example, after the Soviet Union fell and we had a brief period where we could get inside their archives and see what they actually told themselves, they spent millions and millions of dollars subsidizing the so-called peace movement in England and in Germany and in France, trying to divide the west. They spent millions of dollars trying to infiltrate the United States. I think you have to assume that to the degree that the Russians can … Putin was a KGB agent. He said publicly that the greatest tragedy of the 20th century was the collapse of the Soviet Union. I think he sees himself very much in the tradition of Russian aggressiveness and I think that from his perspective anything they can do to hurt us and weaken us is good for Russia.
John C.: How does your book, Collusion, conclude?
Newt Gingrich: I don’t want to give all of it away, but let me just say that-
John C.: No, no. Just a-
Newt Gingrich: But in the end, heroic Americans beat bad Russians which is a nice way to think of life.
John C.: So we’re still wearing a white hat?
Newt Gingrich: Absolutely. Look, I’m an old fashioned patriot. I don’t write novels in which the Americans don’t wear white hats. I think that it’s a … The truth is, historically, as we’ll be reminded this summer at the anniversary of D-Day, we’ve done a lot to liberate a lot of people and we’ve risked a lot of lives to try to help people avoid tyranny. I’m very happy to write books in which the Americans are actually the good guys.
John C.: We have a couple of minutes left. What do you want to tell America? The American people on this Sunday morning. There’s so many things going on in Washington and it’s just sad the divide that we have. What say you?
Newt Gingrich: I want to pick up on something you understand as a very successful business man, that is one of the great amazing developments of the last two years and that is the strength and the power of the economy. The only person I know who thought we’d have more than three percent real growth in the first quarter was Donald J. Trump and he was right. We had 3.2% real growth. That is almost twice the level that the Obama people thought was possible. Almost twice the rate of growth. Remember, this is compound interest, so every year it’s getting bigger, it’s getting bigger, it’s getting bigger. The result is we have the lowest African American unemployment in history, the lowest Latino unemployment in history, the lowest female unemployment in history. All of this is occurring with almost no serious news coverage because it’s good news.
Newt Gingrich: I would say to the average American that if we can create enough jobs for enough people, that’s a wonderful thing and it means a lot of people are going to lead much better lives as a result of that. That’s one of the things I’d really like to focus on is that we have a lot to celebrate, despite all the noise and all the bitterness and all the anger, there are a lot of good things going on that are worthy of our celebration.
John C.: Are the modern democrats trying to take control from the extreme left?
Newt Gingrich: I think they’re trying to but I don’t think they can. I think that the left wing in America in the democratic party is now so big and so powerful. It’s very hard to imagine how they’re going to be able to get away from the kind of control that’s building and it’s partly just toughness. The people who are moderate and common sense and practical don’t like to fight. The people who are these dominating left wingers, they enjoy fighting. They think it’s good to fight. That’s part of what we’re having to cope with. I watch people who frankly duck and get out of the way because they are confronted with that kind of challenge.
John C.: I must tell all the people in the New York area, you’re going to be in upper New York and upper New Jersey with your new book.
Newt Gingrich: We have three great events coming up and I appreciate so much you let me, today actually, we’re going to be at Book Revue in Huntington at 2:00 and then this evening, Sunday evening, we’re going to be at 6:30 pm at the Metropolitan Republican Club, and on Tuesday, April 30, we’re going to be at 6 pm at Bookends in Ridgewood New Jersey. These are great places and I’m honored to sign the book and personalize it and get pictures with people. I think it’s, to me, it’s very exciting to have a chance to meet people who like to read my books and to talk about ideas and have a chance to be together.
John C.: Speaker Gingrich, thank you so much for coming on our show. The name of the book is Collusion. I’m sure everybody will be running to get it and I look forward to reading it myself and thank you for coming on.
Newt Gingrich: Great. Great to be with you.
John C.: Thank you. This is The Cats Roundtable. We’ll be right back.
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