Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the most extreme Democratic Party members, such as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC), are “fanatics.”
The former congressman thinks that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) knows that President Donald Trump’s impeachment is not going to succeed in the Senate and that is why she was very reluctant to start it, however, in Gingrich’s opinion she was forced to do it under pressure from the most ultra-left wing of her party.
“Well, I mean, have you looked at people like AOC?” Gingrich asked during an interview in Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom.” “These are the fanatics. The intensity of their emotional commitment to being destructive is really quite remarkable,” he added.
“My guess is if you went to the average Democratic meeting anywhere in America today, you would have a three or four-to-one representation of people who are passionate about getting Donald Trump,” Gingrich continued.
“The reason is they have never accept his beating Hillary Clinton. They cannot believe that he has now gotten 165 federal judges who are conservative. They deeply dislike him. They deeply dislike his policies,” he added.
“It really is a pathology,” Gingrich concluded. “This is not politics. This is a psychological condition. And of course every day that he tweets, he reminds them,” he added.
Extreme left-wing violence
The “commitment to being destructive” is a hallmark that has characterized the radical left in the United States for decades, according to The Western Journal, “From the urban riots of the 1960s to the Black Lives Matter disturbances that arose during the Obama administration to the so-called antifa thugs bringing violence to the streets in the Trump years.”
In fact, the violence perpetrated by antifa groups in recent months has provoked a very strong civil rejection that has even led to petitions organized by citizens calling for the delegalization of these groups and for them to be considered as domestic terrorist organizations, something that President Trump is considering.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced a bill in July after several serious violent incidents by this extremist group: a terrorist attack on an immigration facility and an assault on a journalist in Portland in broad daylight with no arrests.
“Antifa is a group of hateful, intolerant radicals who pursue their unhinged agenda through aggressive violence,” Cruz said in a statement announcing the introduction of the resolution.
“Time and time again their actions have demonstrated that their only purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views. The hate and violence they spread must be stopped, and I am proud to introduce this resolution with Senator Cassidy to properly identify what Antifa are: domestic terrorists,” Cruz said.
AOC promoted fundraising for violent radical groups
However, far from condemning this violence, AOC encouraged from her Twitter account on Sept. 1 to donate funds to pay the bails of those arrested for violent attacks during a counter-demonstration organized by extremist groups against an activity in Boston called Straight Pride.
“One way to support the local LGBTQ community impacted by Boston’s white supremacist parade? Contribute to the Bail Fund for the activists who put themselves on the line protecting the Boston community,” AOC wrote.
The event resulted in several violent attacks on police and demonstrators and 36 people arrested, according to The Herald, after which another member of the “squad,” Ayanna Pressley, said, “I don’t think they should have been arrested, and that’s why I’ve been promoting a bail fund to support them. … They were protesting a racist, fascist demonstration,” Pressley said.
However, the protests Pressley speaks of were very violent and were also planned to be that aggressive, as one of these radicals told The Herald.
“We’re covered in black, so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted,” said Jon Crowley, a self-identified antifa member who told the Herald that he felt violence was the only way to deal with these people.
“They’re fascists, 100%. How else are you going to get them to shut up?” Crowley added, according to The Herald.
President Donald Trump called antifa “evil” and said it was full of “sick and bad people,” pointing out that the group was part of “the emergence of a hard and dangerous militant left.”