Not many people credit Newt Gingrich with much intelligence, but what he said on the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks still raised a lot of eyebrows.
The former Speaker of the United State House of Representatives has a doctoral degree in history from the University of Tulane and has written an alternate history novel about the 1941 attack called “Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th.” Presumably, Gingrich thought he should share his knowledge of the attack to the world via Twitter as well, which turned out to be a big mistake.
On Wednesday, when much of America was mourning in remembrance of the 2,400 souls who died during the attack, Gingrich tweeted:
December 7 is a good day to remember that the world is dangerous and shattering surprise is possible even when we have been warned.— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 7, 2016
But then instead of saying a word of empathy, he actually had the insensitivity to praise Japan for their “professional brilliance and technological power” in bombing the port.
75 years ago the Japanese displayed professional brilliance and technological power launching surprises from Hawaii to the Philippines— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 7, 2016
Although the attack did come as a surprise, praising Japan’s military prowess during World War II, especially on the infamous day’s memorial, was beyond the pale.
Needless to say, the Twitterati pounced on him like a pack of hungry wolves.
NEWT G: Skip I want to ADDRESS this issue.— Bill Humphrey (@BillHumphreyMA) December 7, 2016
NEWT G: You KNOW I am sensitive to Pearl Harbor
Newt G: BUT!
Thanks for remembering those who died at Pearl Harbor on 12/7/41 in such a heartfelt way, Newt. https://t.co/mwSGcGIR8w— Chuck Grothaus (@CGrothaus) December 7, 2016
.@newtgingrich 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. Apologize for this statement immediately.— David Slack (@slack2thefuture) December 7, 2016
@newtgingrich I really can't believe this. Walk us all through your thought process on typing this out and then pressing send on a Dec. 7th.— Mike Emerick (@mikeemerick) December 7, 2016