Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich argued Tuesday that as China and Russia grow closer the United States finds itself in a very precarious situation with President Joe Biden in charge.
“We are in a very dangerous situation. We have our two major international competitors — Russia and China — coming closer and closer together. We have a president who clearly does not have a clue what to do,” Gingrich said.
“Americans need to understand this is not a game,” he added.
“As a historian, I think this is the most dangerous period we’ve been in since Washington crossed the Delaware Christmas night in 1776,” Gingrich said.
The Continental Army under General George Washington’s leadership had suffered a series of defeats starting in August 1776 at the Battle of Long Island, when a superior British force chased the Americans out of the New York City region.
The Red Coats then proceeded to push the Continentals throughout the length of New Jersey, causing Washington to retreat with what was left of his Army across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania late in the fall of that year.
It was during this time period that Thomas Paine wrote his first essay in the now-famous “American Crisis” series.
“These are the times that try men’s souls,” Paine penned. “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph,” the pamphleteer exhorted
The truth was without a battlefield victory, Washington’s Army faced possible dissolution and the cause of independence lost.
The Americans lived to fight another day and of course, with the help of the French, ultimately prevailed in the Revolutionary War.
Gingrich argued the same type of existential threat the U.S. faced then, it faces now.
“I think the number of things going bad are so great, and the threat to our civilization is so great, that we really need a dramatic change,” he said.
Gingrich highlighted that Xi recently “gave four different speeches in one week on preparing for war. And I think people should take that seriously and understand how determined, how aggressive, and how competent Xi Jinping is.”
The former speaker likened the world situation with the China-Russia alliance to the 1930s with rise of the dictatorial Axis powers of Germany, Japan and Italy.
“Now unlike the 1930s, we have a president dedicated to weakness, dedicated to confusion,” Gingrich said. “You have an American system in enormous crisis, with a news media that doesn’t want to cover the truth.”
“We have no idea how corrupted the Biden family is,” Gingrich said.
He argued that Xi looks at America with Biden in charge and thinks “this is the moment” that the U.S. truly is a paper tiger.
Gingrich concluded, “It’s a very sobering and frankly, as a citizen, a very frightening moment in American history.”