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Gingrich: Insult To Tell Americans Their Politicians Are So Important They Can Hide Behind A Wall

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Newt Gingrich denounced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the Capitol Hill Wall and called it an insult to Americans, to tell them their politicians are so important that they can hide behind a wall while the rest of us are apparently in danger.

"There is no known threat to the U.S. Capitol. There is no indication anywhere that there is some organized mob preparing to storm Washington. This is all a function of Nancy Pelosi's paranoia, and the fact that the left wants Americans to think that their government has to protect them from some unknown, strange group," Gingrich said. "The fact is, you know, when I was Speaker of the house, we modernize the capitol police. We brought in the chief of staff to the Secret Service. We went through a very elaborate process and produced a very professional police force."


"I think that with reasonable leadership, they can protect the Capitol without all of these fences, without all of this razor wire," Gingrich said. "I think it is an insult to every American to be told that their politicians are so important that they are going to hide behind a wall while the rest of us apparently are in danger. That's the opposite of a free society, and I'm very worried by the steady drift towards an authoritarian, at times totalitarian, government. You see it at the state level, you see it in some of the big cities, and now you see it on your own national capital. I think this is profoundly wrong, and that that wall should come down immediately."
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