Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer Wednesday night, saying that the New Yorker "has no ideas, he has no solutions, he has no reforms, what he’s got is baloney."
Gingrich reacted on Fox News' "Hannity" to Schumer's criticism of President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to be Health and Human Services Secretary. At a news conference Tuesday, Schumer said Price's nomination made it "clear that Washington Republicans are plotting a war on seniors next year."
"There’s not a single word of truth to that allegation," Gingrich said. "Schumer knows it, and what he doesn’t understand yet is that the American people have grown up. They’re tired of politicians who offer nothing but attack phrases and have no answers, have no solutions [and] can’t make a positive contribution."
The former House Speaker went on to describe the Democrats as "a fringe party that relies on nasty slogans and identity politics."
"If they want to be negative and stupid, if they want to make baloney the symbol of their party, I think all that does is guarantee Republican victories," Gingrich said. "But I also think it’s sad in the sense that the Democratic Party used to be a party of ideas. It used to be a party that tried to govern."
Gingrich also praised an agreement the incoming Trump administration reached with air conditioning manufacturer Carrier that would keep hundreds of jobs at the company's plant in Indianapolis.
"A thousand families going into Christmas with a new sense of hope and optimism is a pretty good present from President-elect Trump," Gingrich said. "And a signal to businesses across America that he is serious about making America great again and making us the center of manufacturing again."