Newt: Trump ‘Represents the Same Tradition of Conservatism as Churchill and Thatcher’

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Tuesday on Fox New Channel’s “On the Record,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an outspoken supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, addressed Trump’s policy initiatives, including his latest on childcare. When asked by host Brit Hume if such a policy proposal was “conservative,” given the questions about how it would be financed, Gingrich argued Trump was more of a conservative along the lines of former British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher and that he represents more of an anti-Washington movement. “[L]ook, he represents the same tradition of conservatism as Churchill and Thatcher in Great Britain,” Gingrich said. “Thatcher was not somebody who walked in there and said, ‘Let’s wipe out everything.’ She was very tough and then she privatized things like the telephone system.” “My view is that the world has changed dramatically and that you’re going to see a permanent upsurge against Washington government,” he continued. “You’re going to see a permanent rebellious attitude. I mean this whole turning ‘deploarables’ around into the opposite is something that a lot of traditional and intellectual Republicans don’t understand, wouldn’t be comfortable with … Frankly, some of these guys think that the ‘deplorables’ are real.” Follow Jeff Poor on