Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke out on Wednesday to rip into former President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team, saying that they have an “incoherent” message and adding he had “no idea” what the lawyers were doing.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen as bad a defense team as the president sent up, and I have no idea what they thought they were doing,” Gingrich said on Fox News. “There’s a good case to be made. I thought they were going to make it. I think it’s amazing that they only lost one Republican given the absolute lack of a coherent defense.”
The former Speaker went on to say that he would have been “beside myself” if this was his own legal team.
“I’m surprised he didn’t fire [Bruce Castor] some time during the afternoon,” he said. “It was that bad. Bad lawyers can lose good cases. That’s the danger here.”
This comes after sources close to Trump’s defense team reportedly told both Politico and CNN that Trump was “not happy” with how he was being represented by his lawyers.
“President Trump was not happy with the performance of his legal team in action,” one source said.
Gingrich then talked about Democrats, describing them as the “party of Hollywood” and saying that while their video presentation was effective, they were still unfairly trying to pin the actions of the Capitol riots on Trump.
“The fact is that to say to [74.2 million] Americans we’re going to dictate to you who you are allowed to vote for is just not sustainable,” Gingrich said. “But on the other hand the Democrats are trying to scar up Trump to weaken him …. Trump’s greatest ally is Joe Biden, and every time Biden does something that is destructive, it further reminds the Trump voters why it’s unacceptable to allow the Washington politicians to dictate to the rest of us.”
Democrats have already impeached Trump twice in the House of Representatives, and he is the first former president to stand trial in the U.S. Senate. If he is impeached in the Senate, he will not be allowed to run for office again.