Gingrich: Obama isn't qualified to criticize me over Muslims

TheHill | 7/15/2016 | Jesse Byrnes
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Newt Gingrich defended himself Friday over comments on Muslims that the White House panned as "un-American," arguing President Obama wasn't qualified to criticize him.

"Obama's attack on me would be more impressive if he had ANY plan to defeat Islamic supremacist," the former GOP Speaker tweeted. "8 years of failure disqualify him as a critic."

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Gingrich in another tweet accused the president of "risking American lives" while criticizing the Obama administration's plans to vet Syrian refugees being relocated into the U.S.

Gingrich, who was in the spotlight this week as a potential running mate for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, caught flak over his proposal to "test" Muslims living in the U.S.

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The former Speaker, responding to the terrorist attack in Nice, France, on Thursday night, said Muslims who believe in Shariah should be deported.

Obama called Gingrich's idea for a test on Muslims "repugnant." White House press secretary Josh Earnest called for Gingrich to "consult his copy of the pocket Constitution."


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