Donald Trump made a point to "congratulate" former GOP speaker Newt Gingrich this morning after Gingrich's appalling interview with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
In the interview on her news segment, "The Kelly File," Kelly validates the importance of voters having the ability to examine the accusations of sexual assault that have been leveled against Trump during his campaign for themselves.
"If Trump is a sexual predator..." Kelly begins before Gingrich cuts her off and launches a tirade reminiscent of a toddler stomping his feet in childish anger.
"He is NOT a sexual predator," Gingrich shouts, "You can't say that."
"Excuse me, Mr. Speaker. You have no idea whether it's true or not," Kelly has to remind a man who has been involved in our country's legal matters for decades. "I'm not taking a position on it, unlike you."
The interview that Trump made a point to praise took an abrupt turn away from reason as Gingrich began to scold Kelly, saying she was biased, inflammatory and, inexplicably, "fascinated with sex."
"You know what, Mr. Speaker?" Kelly said, taking Gingrich down for his ludicrous comment. "I am not fascinated by sex. But I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we're getting in the Oval Office."
Gingrich has been a vocal and high-profile Republican supporter of Trump from early on, perhaps recognizing in Trump something of his own outsider status when he climbed the political ladder in the 90s. Trump has brought Gingrich with him on the campaign trail and rumors were flying for a while that Gingrich was on the candidate's VP shortlist.
As the The Washington Post points out, Gingrich had no problem with Kelly saying "Let's assume [Hillary Clinton] is corrupt," earlier in the interview. But even touching The Donald's litany of sexual assault accusers is apparently showing an unhealthy "fascination" with the subject. Let's not forget that it was Trump himself who was recorded stating that he can "do anything" to women because he's "a star," whether or not the sexual assault allegations against him are true.
It seems Trump is determined to make it clear that those who blindly vouch for him will be rewarded and that he endorses bullying journalists who question his authority—not a compelling trait in a presidential candidate.