Gingrich slams attempt at border deal, says it was ‘stupid’ to start by trying to work with Democrats

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Wednesday criticized Senate Republicans for their attempted border deal, calling them “stupid” for trying to work with Democrats.

Gingrich appeared on an episode of “The Cats & Cosby Show,” hosted by John Catsimatidis and Rita Cosby, and recorded a podcast with Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama). “Neither of us have any idea,” he said. Why did these people talk themselves into doing stupid things? ”

Senate Republicans on Wednesday voted against pursuing a bipartisan border deal that is part of a massive emergency foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Indo-Pacific security.

The deal failed on a 49-50 vote, with most of the Senate Republican conference voting against it. The development marks a dramatic shift among Republicans in Congress, who have argued for months that funding for Ukraine must be combined with reforms to the southern border.

“If you try to get bipartisan agreement with Democrats, you’re bound to be fooled, because their interests are fundamentally different from ours,” Gingrich said.

“On the other hand, if you have an agreement with the American people and the American people put pressure on the Democrats to work with them, you can get pretty good terms. But it’s not in their interest to work with you, so… If you start by trying to work with Democrats, you will never get a good deal,” the former House speaker continued.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has negotiated a deal with the White House and Senate Democrats that would raise standards for immigrants applying for asylum and grant refugee status to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. He appointed Senator James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) to do so. Emergency powers to deport immigrants.

McConnell and Lankford celebrated the deal, but acknowledged it didn’t get everything they had hoped for. But as soon as negotiators revealed details of the bill on Sunday, there was a quick Republican backlash that ultimately led to Wednesday’s vote.

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