August 17th, 2010
04:27 PM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich went too far, says Buchanan

 Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, is being criticized by conservative stalwart Pat Buchanan.
Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, is being criticized by conservative stalwart Pat Buchanan.

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's latest comments regarding the controversial Islamic center near the site of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack are being called "absurd" - from no less a conservative stalwart than Pat Buchanan.

Speaking on MSNBC on Tuesday, the former presidential candidate and conservative commentator said recent comments from Gingrich likening the proposed project to the hanging of a Nazi symbol outside the Holocaust Museum were merely part of the former Speaker's efforts to appear more controversial than Sarah Palin.

"Newt is a political opportunist," Buchanan said. "What Newt is doing is he's trying to get out and be more flamboyant and more charismatic, if you will, and more controversial than Sarah Palin, who is his primary challenger, if he gets into Iowa and New Hampshire. She will take all his oxygen and a lot of his support."

Both Palin, the former vice presidential nominee, and Gingrich are thought to be among the leading Republicans considering a presidential bid next year.

Gingrich's original comments came Monday, when in an apperance on Fox News he targeted President Obama for appearing to support the proposed controversial construction near ground zero.

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington," Gingrich said, adding, "We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor."

"I think bringing the Nazis into the argument is always absurd in American politics, because there is no valid comparison there," Buchanan said. "And secondly, you know, you bring that in, and that's all we start talking about. So I think Newt went too far with that comment. But I know why he's doing it."

Buchanan is no stranger to controversial statements - he's perhaps best known for his 1992 Republican National Convention speech that, among other things, derided abortion rights and the homosexual rights movement.


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soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. David Clayton

    "Insensitive, insensitive, insensitive," it is a broken far right wing record for "I'm racist, but in the closet racist." We are fighting extremist terrorist and by preventing freedom of religion you are giving them what they want – to destroy what America stands for. How do you think my fellow Islamic U.S. soldiers feel when you compare them to terrorist. Blow insensitive out of your #$?!

    August 17, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Bill

    Hey there LaCrosse mom.... What I find distrubing is that you don't know all that is happening in NYC. The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodod Church has been trying to re-build for years since the tower collapse destroyed their church. Your president supports the Mosque but is strangely silent on the church.

    The constituion clearly states that religous freedom is for all .. not just the Islamic faith. So if the Mosque is supported by BO then why not the Church?

    Before you open your mouth please look it up

    August 17, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Cindy

    A better comparison would be if there are any Christian churches in Hiroshima, in close proximity to the Peace Park.

    That Gingrich still has a problem with Japanese close to Pearl Harbor, tells me he still holds animosity towards the Japanese... and there are tons of Japanese in Hawaii.

    If that's how he feels about the Japanese people in Hawaii, then he should stay away from the islands. He's not welcomed here.

    August 17, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Fld resident

    When an anti-semitic bigot like Buttchanan calls you out, you must be extreme. These two people honestly creep me out and make me fearful of this new Republiban movement. They hypocritically espouse the Constitution as sacrosanct while at the same time eviscerating it by dissing the 1st and 14th Amendments.

    August 17, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. mark

    Wow, Gingrich is a slim ball to use the Nazi symbol as an example. Stupid, fat, fart. His only reason is to make Obama look bad, Gingrich doesn't give a dam, only for political points. Gingrich is a sad little man.

    August 17, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. billp

    Even if he didn't admit cheating on both of his first 2 wives and serve one of them with divorce papers while she was in the hospital battling cancer, my admiration for Newt Gingrinch would have limits.

    August 17, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Bill

    Hey B what about Clinton and Carter? When will they get off the stage. Oh wait thats right Clinton at least was called in to help the liberal cause.... Why?

    August 17, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Roger

    How could anyone in their right mind even consider for a moment voting for Newt Gingrich for President! The man is 6 fries short of a happy meal. He and Sarah need to just fade into the sunset and leave us all alone!!

    August 17, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Refudiation

    I love watching the right wing fringe nuts destroy each other.

    August 17, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Cedar Rapids

    A politician, trying to take advantage and stir up a hot topic to appeal to the baser instincts of voters, for political gain?
    You do surprise me sir. Who would have thought it. Well I never.

    August 17, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. J.Crobuzon

    "When Republicans Attack" coming soon on FOX. Seriously, after Newt's Contract on America ruined our national consensus and his one-party government turned out to be the Democratic Party, does anyone care what he thinks anymore? What a moron.

    August 17, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Blanks

    Pretty heated comments from Gingrich but Buchanan has been over at MSNBC so long he has lost touch. Palin is not even going to be in the top three of GOP contenders if she even steps into the race. That only MSNBC who is a laughable network will pay him should tell you something.

    August 17, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    For all his faults, Buchanan does not pander as much as a typical Republican, at a different time in this country (when we are all friends again), I could have liked Pat...

    ...which is a lot more I can say about the rest of the filth that makes up the Republican party.

    August 17, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Eric in Manhattan

    Once again, the radical right-wing speaks from both ends of their alimentary canal. The only question now is which end makes more sense? Based on the musings of Palen, Newt and now the idiot son of Dan Quayle, I believe we now know the answer.

    August 17, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Bill August 17th, 2010 5:00 pm ET
    "Hey there LaCrosse mom.... What I find distrubing is that you don't know all that is happening in NYC. The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodod Church has been trying to re-build for years since the tower collapse destroyed their church. Your president supports the Mosque but is strangely silent on the church.
    The constituion clearly states that religous freedom is for all .. not just the Islamic faith. So if the Mosque is supported by BO then why not the Church?
    Before you open your mouth please look it up"

    Because the church isn't being used as a hot-button issue by a bunch of neoclowns trying to scare "real Americans" into voting for them, you moron. Have a nice day!

    August 17, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Steve

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    August 17, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Jon

    Hey Bill, Clinton and Carter and former presidents. Maybe you didn't know that.

    August 17, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    It a race to the bottom on the Republican side of the isle...

    ...and to come to think about it, these are the same a-holes that caused a ruckus if anyone even asked a question of President Bush, especially a good question like

    "...since we were attacked by Al-Qaida, why are we invading Iraq..."

    you know, simple questions like that, anyway, leave it to the Republicans to focus their hate on the wrong thing...good for Pat for saying something about it...

    August 17, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Billy, NYC

    After eight BUSH years of GOP government and the two wars, why people still fall into the GOP tactic of inducing fear into the everything that fit into their GOP agenda?

    We fear that Iraq had WMD, we invade them and lost over 4000 young lives. We fear the banks will collapse in 2008, we gave them the TARP fund using tax-payers money. Shall we fear our current President is not white? And, we should take back our conutry?? Absolutely NOT. We are the country.

    People nowadays are way too fearful and less hopeful to everything that they do not understand. Too much negativity, blame and hatred in the air wave. GOPs who spread fear and hatred are despicable and shameful.

    August 17, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. JW Nicholson

    In a world where absolute is a rarity...............Newt is an absolute fool!

    August 17, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. a little sad

    I liked Pat when he pointed out that something had to be wrong with the results in Florida, as there was no way he could have gotten as many votes as were reported.

    Don't agree with your opinions, but you do have a certain class.

    August 17, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. CORetiree

    I'll begin to take the Right seriously when they stop bullying minorities. If it's not the poor or gays or immigrants, it's muslims. If they alienate enough minorities, there won't be enough conservative white voters left to vote for them. Wouldn't that be a tragedy?

    August 17, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. JohninTampa

    Never thought I'd like a Republican Minister, but Pat Buchanan has sure got the number on Newt and Sarah!

    August 17, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. intune

    It'a always interesting to take a minute while I'm working to read some comments of all the lefties in the CNN comments sections. I guess we know now what all the government workers who are firmly latched onto the government payroll teat are doing during working hours.

    August 17, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. La Piovra

    A. The Nazis did, indeed, have the right to march through Skokie. No sane person liked it, but the Supreme Court upheld it, because the Constitution required them to. B. This is nothing like that. It's not "at" Ground Zero, and it's not a mosque. It's the Muslim equivalent of a Y, containing the equivalent of a chapel. C. If anyone is behaving like Nazis, it's Newt and the tealeaf wing of the GOP, with their terror babies, calls for repeal of choice parts of the Constitution, and their insistance that embryos and corporations are "persons", while many living biological humans are not.

    August 17, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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