What does shamed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican, mean when he talks about “traditional, classic Americans?” He surely doesn’t mean Native Americans whose lands white Europeans stole, and he surely doesn’t mean the indigenous peoples whose cultures were squashed and replaced with white European culture. Gingrich is referring to white people, despite the fact that white Europeans are not original peoples of the Americas. White supremacy leads Gingrich and those who share his belief in white superiority to try to gaslight us into thinking that white Europeans are somehow the “traditional, classic” peoples of what we now call the United States.
Gingrich was interviewed this week by Fox News (an entertainment and disinformation network) host Maria Bartiromo. Bartiromo is no longer considered a serious journalist, but a far-right disseminator of disinformation and conspiracy theories. Bartiromo frequently gives safe haven and facile interviews to right wingers like Gingrich, providing them airtime to spread their heinous and hateful views. It was in this interview that Gingrich spoke of those he considers to be “traditional, classic Americans.”
In his interview with Bartiromo, Gingrich whined that the “radical left” is inviting immigrants into the United States in order to “replace” white citizens. This bogus and racist talking point about the so-called “great replacement theory” is now fully embraced by far-right Republicans. In fact, a smiling Bartiromo agreed with Gingrich and his racist harangue. Sadly, this kind of hateful and distressing rhetoric is now to be expected of Gingrich, Bartiromo, and their despicable lot. This kind of prejudiced discourse just sets us up for further societal divisions and possible brutality from the baser elements of the far right.