LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Newt Gringrich called Mitt Romney “nuts” for his recent “gifts” remarks. Gingrich asserted Romney was “nuts” during an on-air appearance for ABC’s This Week on Sunday. Gingrich was asked about a Romney conference call in which he claimed that Republicans lost the White House because of purported “gifts” by President Obama to African Americans, Hispanics and younger voters.
“It’s nuts,” Gingrich told news. “First of all, it’s insulting. This would be like Wal-Mart having a bad week and going, ‘The customers have really been unruly.’ I mean, the job of a political leader in part is to understand the people.” Gingrich added “If we can’t offer a better future that is believable to more people, we’re not going to win.”
Gingrich later said the same during a news interview with Austin station KLRU. “I’m very disappointed with Governor Romney’s analysis, which I believe is insulting and profoundly wrong”. He added “First of all, we didn’t lose Asian-Americans because they got any gifts. He did worse with Asian-Americans than he did with Latinos. This is the hardest-working and most successful ethnic group in America–they isn’t into gifts.” He further told news that “t’s an insult to all Americans. It reduces us to economic entities. You have no passion, no idealism, no dreams, no philosophy.”
Newt Gingrich is not the only Republican leader who has taken issue with Romney’s remarks. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina both denounced the comment as well.