Newt Gingrich considers himself a history buff, but when he compared Donald Trump to former President Harry Truman on Thursday he deserved the humiliation he received.
“Truman is the modern outsider most like Trump,” Gingrich wrote on Twitter, calling him “blunt, plain spoken, aggressive, energetic and willing to fight the establishment.”
Truman is the modern outsider most like Trump.blunt, plain spoken, aggressive, energetic and willing to fight the establishment.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) August 11, 2016
This didn’t sit well with Senator Claire McCaskill, who like Truman is a Democrat from the state of Missouri.
McCaskill responded on her own Twitter feed by slamming Gingrich’s epic history fail and told him exactly what Truman would say about the Republican nominee.
For a history guy,you don’t know much about Harry Truman.He’d call out Trump as a phony bloviating god damned fool. https://t.co/p8EXLfGvTl
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) August 12, 2016
Indeed, Harry Truman was not shy about telling the blunt truth about Republicans. “The Republican Party either corrupts its liberals or it expels them,” Truman once quipped.
In a speech delivered in October 1952, Truman called out the GOP for labeling everything that helps people as “socialism.”
Socialism is a scareword they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.
But it was a speech in 1948 that Truman really went for the jugular of the GOP.
Well, I have been studying the Republican Party for over 12 years at close hand in the Capital of the United States. And by this time, I have discovered where the Republicans stand on most of the major issues. Since they won’t tell you themselves, I am going to tell you. They approve of the American farmer–but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor a minimum wage–the smaller the minimum the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them… They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off…. They condemn “cruelly high prices”–but fight to the death every effort to bring them down. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.
In short, McCaskill is right. Truman would despise Donald Trump and everything he has said about Republicans in 1948 is still true today.
But Twitter users were also quick to slam Gingrich’s comparison with comparisons of their own that make it very clear that Trump is no Truman.
@newtgingrich The colossal difference with Trump is that Truman was a voracious reader. No contemporary was more immersed in the details.
— Steve LeVine (@stevelevine) August 12, 2016
.@newtgingrich Except Truman served as Army officer & learned leadership in the trenches of war. Reluctant leader, not glory hound.
— Chad Smith (@MapGeek_Chad) August 11, 2016
— Mark Byrnes (@byrnesms) August 11, 2016
@newtgingrich Truman brought over 250 thousand WWII refugees to the US because it was the right thing to do. So no, not like Trump.
— Emily Kathryn (@emmykn) August 11, 2016
@newtgingrich Truman was moral, loyal, intelligent & a student of history from a young age, was senator & VP. Now, how was he like Trump?
— S R Rose (@bubulaboo) August 11, 2016
@newtgingrich Truman was a Democrat, and was known for being reserved and intelligent. Trump is crass, flashy, Republican and a moron.
— Chinchillary (@feistybunnygirl) August 12, 2016
— KevinFox (@KevinGFox) August 12, 2016
Newt Gingrich can shut the hell up and go away now.
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